Stolen vehicle leads police on wild chase

By Reggie Ellis

Two men driving a stolen car led police on a wild chase through Exeter on Sunday evening.

At about 4:45 p.m., the Exeter Police Department received a call of a stolen vehicle spotted on Bryant Court. Upon seeing a patrol car, the driver of the vehicle, which had been stolen in Visalia, turned on Lenox Avenue at a high rate of speed.

Officer Mike Clark pursued the suspects onto Firebaugh Avenue to Spruce Road. Speeds reached 115 mph and the stolen vehicle nearly caused two wrecks and forced several other cars off the road. The car then turned onto Avenue 256 and entered an orange grove just east of Highway 65.

Clark continued the pursuit but due to the dust had to back off. After picking up another dust trail, Clark continued the pursuit into another grove.

The stolen vehicle was found stuck in the mud of the irrigated grove. Officers from Farmersville, Woodlake, California Highway Patrol and Tulare County Sheriff's Deputies assisted during the pursuit.

Nathan Lynn David, 19, of Ivanhoe and Justin Kristoffer Sorrick, 23, of Farmersville were both arrested on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and felony evading. Both were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail. An arraignment hearing will be held today or tomorrow.

Officers are still investigating several items in the car that may also have been stolen and a sawed-off shotgun.

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