The Visalia Police Department arrested three suspects after two brief pursuits last week.
The first happened on Jan. 29 when officers with the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Robin and Conyer. At about 11:11 p.m., the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. During the brief one-minute chase, the vehicle ran through two stop signs heading eastbound on Robin. The suspect later pulled into a driveway on north Bridge Street and surrendered. The driver, 30-year-old Ben Miles, was booked for failure to yield as well as three outstanding arrest warrants.
The second chase happened on foot on Jan. 30. Just before 5 p.m., SEU officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Giddings and Vine. Upon stopping, Richard Castaneda, a known Norteno gang member, ran from the vehicle. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.
Officers discovered the 43-year-old Castaneda was carrying a loaded firearm, which made this his second arrest by the SEU this month for carrying a loaded firearm. The driver, 34-year-old Jason Perez, was detained at the vehicle. During a follow up probation search of Perez’s residence officers located an amount of narcotics and a high capacity weapon magazine. An unrelated female was cited for an outstanding warrant at the residence. The two suspects were booked for numerous charges as well as a gang enhancement.