Man wanted for murder arrested on DUI stop / Motorcycle rider crashes on Hwy 245

CHP pulled over man after driving 95 mph on Hwy 99 with open alcohol containers, no ID


VISALIA – A Visalia man wanted on murder charges in Tulare County was caught drinking and speeding up Highway 99 through Fresno County. Just after 8 p.m. on July 14, the California Highway Patrol pulled over a car traveling northbound on the highway at 95 mph through Selma. As the vehicle came to a stop, the driver attempted to run from the car but was caught a short distance later. 

Officers found open containers of alcohol in the car and that the driver did not have a license, or any other form of identification. He gave the officers a false name and was instead identified as 44-year-old George Alberto Rodriguez of Visalia. Rodriguez had two outstanding warrants for his arrest including one for $1 million for murder in Tulare County and one for $2 million for attempted murder and various weapons charges in Kern County. He was arrested for DUI and both of the outstanding warrants before being booked at the Fresno County Jail.

Motorcycle rider crashes on Hwy 245

A Canadian man was injured driving his motorcycle in the hills of northern Tulare County last week. The wreck happened at about 7:30 a.m. on July 11 on Highway 245 north of Boyd Drive. Isaac Weibe, 35, of Surrey, British Columbia, was riding his 2012 Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Highway 245 (Millwood Drive) at an unknown rate of speed when his left foot peg caught on the asphalt, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

After losing control of the motorcycle, Wiebe was thrown from the bike across the asphalt. Wiebe was transported by to Kaweah Delta Medical Center with major injuries. CHP reported drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision.

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