A high speed chase through Farmersville ended when two men in a stolen vehicle lost control and slammed into a walnut tree nearly killing themselves in the process.
At about 10 p.m. on Sept. 30, Farmersville police officers received a call that two Hispanic males brandished a shotgun at a citizen and then drove away in a brown-colored 2001 Chevy Suburban. When officers located the suburban and attempted to stop it, the vehicle raced toward Visalia on Caldwell Avenue. The vehicle later turned south on Lovers Lane and then headed eastbound on Avenue 248.
The chase reached speeds exceeding 100 mph when the vehicle lost control, slide across the road and broadsided the tree in an orchard on Road 164 and Avenue 248. The driver, Anthony Garcia, 20, of Farmersville was pinned inside the vehicle and had to be removed using the Jaws of Life. The passenger, Efrain Oseguera, 21, of Exeter was ejected from the vehicle. Neither man was wearing his seatbelt. Both were transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital. Garcia is listed in good condition and Oseguera is listed as critical but stable condition. Both men were arrested on charges of vehicle pursuit, stealing a vehicle, possession of stolen property and brandishing a firearm.
Just two months earlier, Oseguera was shot five times by Jose Preciado, 35, when the two crossed paths in the 100 block of South H Street at about 7:30 p.m. on July 26. He was released from the hospital on Aug. 4, showing minimal signs of serious injury.
The suburban was reported stolen from the Kingsburg area on Aug. 5. A sawed-off shotgun was recovered as well as ammunition. CHP, in conjunction with the Farmersville Police Department, is continuing the investigation.