A van driven by a documented gang member crashed into a tree in Ripon Thursday. Photo courtesy Ripon police.
Two teenage gang members caused more than $3,000 in damage Thursday when they drove vehicles on softball diamonds at Stouffer Park in Ripon, police said.
Police arrested a 15-year-old documented gang member from Modesto and a 17-year-old documented gang member from Federal Way, Wash. Their names were not released.
At about 1 p.m. Thursday police recieved calls that two vehicles were driving at a high rate of speed and doing doughnuts on the softball diamonds a few yards from children and other holiday revelers at Stouffer Park. An officer chased the driver of one of the vehicles on foot for about 150 yards before arresting him when he tried to hide in shrubbery.
Officers chased the second vehicle to the dead end of East Milgeo Avenue into the Barton Ranch, where it crashed into a tree. The driver fled on foot. A local resident later called police and reported that the suspect was in an orchard near the crash site. The suspect was then arrested.
Police later found that a stolen license plate had been affixed to one of the vehicles. The other vehicle was reported stolen from Modesto.