Fox Channel 26 News reported recently that a young California man faces multiple felony charges, including charges related to vehicle theft and driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUI), after a high-speed police pursuit in the Fresno area on the evening of Monday, March 8, 2021.
According to a news release issued by officials from the California Highway Patrol and information provided by spokespeople from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began between 10:25 p.m. and 10:35 p.m. Pacific Standard TIme (PST) on Monday, March 8, 2021 near the intersection of Blackstone Avenue and Dakota Avenue in Fresno, California. Sheriff’s deputies tried to execute a traffic stop of a man driving a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck for allegedly driving recklessly. The man then sped off, leading law enforcement units on a high-speed chase along Highway 99 and Highway 41 toward Selma, exceeding 100 miles per hour and forcing California Highway Patrol units to back off due to the danger of the speed of the chase.
Eventually, 911 calls from bystanders located the driver and the truck near the Economy Market in the area of Nebraska Avenue and Thompson Avenue in Selma, and the driver was located and arrested after getting stuck in a dirt field east of Selma. The driver now faces charges of DUI, felony evading, and vehicle theft.