(Press Release) Early Monday morning at about 12:30 a.m. a Merced County Sheriff's Deputy tried to stop a motorcycle near Gustine.
The motorcyclist took off and a pursuit ensued reaching speeds in excess of 100mph. The driver of the motorcycle and his passenger crashed on Hunt Road and 3rd Avenue in Gustine. The passenger was immediately caught while the driver took off on foot.
Gustine Police Department was called and a perimeter was established. A Sheriff's deputy and his K9 partner "Tyson" were called to track the suspect. Tyson picked up the scent of the driver and tracked him to 100 block of 3rd Avenue, where deputies found the driver hiding in some bushes out front.
After failing to comply with commands and warnings from deputies and officers, and fearing the driver may have a weapon, the deputy released Tyson who apprehended the suspect by biting onto the hood of his sweatshirt and dragging him from the bushes. The driver, 39-year-old Ronnie Soares of Newman was taken into custody after suffering only minor injuries.
Soares told deputies he was afraid he had warrants and that’s why he ran. He remains in custody for felony evading, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest and remains on $53,800 bail.