Suspect chased to Ceres but escapes

CERES — Officers were looking for a man suspected of ramming a police patrol car and leading authorities on a chase early Tuesday that began in Modesto and ended in Ceres, where the suspect escaped capture.

At 12:55 a.m., Ceres police were in downtown Modesto on another matter when they attempted to make a traffic stop on a white pickup with two people inside, according to Ceres police Sgt. Dennis Perry.

The driver, identified by police as Brian Gomes, pulled his pickup over. Seconds later, police tried blocking his pickup with a patrol car, but Gomes took off, smashing the patrol car.

Police pursued Gomes and headed south on Highway 99. Gomes exited the freeway at Crows Landing Road and turned east on Hatch Road.

On Hatch, Gomes and one of the pursuing officers were forced to drive around an oncoming train just east of Jim Way. The chase continued onto Mitchell and Fowler roads.

Gomes stopped the pickup near Fowler and Shushan Drive, where he and an unidentified passenger ran from the vehicle.

Ceres police created a perimeter around the neighborhood and searched for the suspects with help from Modesto police and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Gomes and his passenger were not found.

Gomes is wanted on suspicion of felony assault on a police officer and several traffic violations.

Ceres police asks anyone with information about Gomes' whereabouts to call Sgt. Patrick Sullivan at 538-5638.