Car thief’s crime spree ends in a ditch

Sheriff’s uses spike strip near Hanford to end high speed chase with one of County’s Top 10 most wanted


TULARE COUNTY – Do you remember when your parents told you that a life of crime will leave you lying in a ditch somewhere? That happens to be how Tulare County officers found one of their Top 10 most wanted fugitives last week.

Scott Arnold, 32, of Orosi had already stolen six cars between Fresno and Tulare county in the last two weeks and decided to use one of them, a 2007 GMC pickup, to transport another one of them, a stolen quad. Detectives spotted the stolen-on-stolen vehicle in the area of Highway 198 and Mooney Boulevard at about 12:08 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Detectives followed the vehicle westbound on Highway 198 into Kings County. When detectives tried a traffic stop on the truck, Arnold hit the gas. Detectives broke off the pursuit in the City of Hanford due to Arnold’s reckless driving.

Shortly after, detectives again spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of Flint Avenue and Highway 43 on the outskirts of Hanford and another chase ensued. During the pursuit, detectives were able to effectively deploy spike strips to disable the vehicle in the area of Fargo Avenue and 5th Street where it crashed into a canal.

Arnold was arrested and taken to a local hospital for his injuries. Arnold was already wanted on two felony warrants, including one in connection with more than six car thefts in the past two weeks in Fresno and Tulare Counties. He now faces fresh charges of felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of heroin and possession of stolen property.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of TOP 10 Fugitives is encouraged to call Sergeant Steve Sanchez with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6211, or anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow email: [email protected] text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

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