Crime Lines: Drunken driver plows into bedroom

Joshua Hammond drives Chevy SUV into woman’s home on Cecil in Visalia resulting in significant injuries


VISALIA – One daytime drunk en driver will be seeing the inside of a jail cell for a while for driving his car into a Visalia home last Sunday.

According to the Visalia Police Department, Joshua Hammond, 54, was driving his Chevy SUV when he collided with a residence in the 1500 block of E. Cecil at 2:50 p.m. The vehicle had collided with the front bedroom and was approximately 10 feet into the room. An adult female was also in that room and was trapped against a wall. Visalia Fire Department extracted both individuals while also containing a fire which was a result of the collision. The female suffered significant injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Hammond was medically cleared and booked into jail for DUI with injuries. The Visalia Police Motors Unit is still investigating the collision.

Visalia Crime Logs

Monday, Feb. 25

At 1:59 a.m. officers were dispatched to a burglar alarm at the Plaza Market. Upon arrival they located the front doors to the business pried open and miscellaneous property taken from the location. Anyone with information regarding this commercial burglary is urged to contact the Visalia Police Department Tip-Line at 559-713-4738.

At 2:51 p.m. officers were checking a burglar alarm on E. Main when they noticed suspicious activity occurring behind Jensen & Pilegard. Upon investigating, a black GMC Yukon driven by Jose Mora Jr., 38, and Aliah Patterson, 21, fled from behind the business at a high rate of speed. When officers attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver failed to yield and a short pursuit ensued. The listed Mora and Patterson ran from the vehicle and were apprehended by officers. Stolen property from the business was found in the back of the vehicle. Additionally, property was located behind the business that the suspects did not have a chance to load into the vehicle. No property damage or injuries were reported as a result of the pursuit.

Thursday, Feb. 21

At 2:17 a.m. officers with the Visalia Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle alarm sounding in the 3400 block of S. Demaree Street. Upon arrival in the area a witness reported that a Ricardo Cruz, 36, was attempting to gain entry into her vehicle and fled just prior to the arrival of police. He was located hiding in the area. Cruz was taken into custody without incident after surrendering to a police K9. The investigation revealed that Cruz was attempting to burglarize a vehicle when the police arrived in the area. He was subsequently booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-trial Facility for attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, narcotics related charges, and numerous active arrest warrants.

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