U-Haul truck leads police on ‘high’ speed chase

Two men attempted to outrun a patrol car in a U-Haul loaded with 700 lbs. of marijuana plants


VISALIA – Carrying boxes to a U-Haul in the middle of the night probably isn’t the best plan to discreetly distribute your illegal marijuana. Trying to outrun the cops in a U-Haul loaded down with 700 pounds of marijuana plants sounds like a ridiculous plot to a Cheech and Chong movie.

Martin Marin Galvan
33 years old

But that’s exactly what 27-year-old Miguel Elorza Hernandez and 33-year-old Martin Marin Galvan attempted to do last week. The pursuit began at 10:42 p.m. on Oct. 15 when a patrol officer began to pull up on the U-Haul parked in the 1400 block of North Encina. As soon as the two men noticed the patrol car they immediately drove away in the U-Haul at a high rate of speed.

The officer activated the emergency lights on his patrol car and a short pursuit ensued in the neighborhood. The U-Haul blew through two stop signs before coming to a stop at the corner of Court Street and Buena Vista Avenue. Galvan and Hernandez ran from the vehicle but were ultimately taken into custody without incident. The reeked of marijuana as the back of the U-Haul was full of boxes with marijuana. Officers also found an A15 assault rifle with a high capacity magazine that was reported stolen out of Alameda County.

Miguel Elorza Hernandez
27 years old

Inside the U-Haul, officers seized packaging material and digital scales used in the sale of marijuana, and 38 boxes of marijuana plants weighing approximately 710 pounds. About 1.5 pounds of the marijuana was processed. On Oct. 16, officers with the narcotics and gang units served search warrants at the residence on Encina and also at a residence in the 2900 block of W. Prescott. All five rooms of the home on Prescott were being used as an indoor marijuana garden.

Both Suspects were booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on charges of possession of marijuana for sales, transportation of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon in vehicle, possession of high capacity magazine, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, evading police and resisting arrest.

Visalia Police Logs

Saturday, Oct. 19

At approximately 8:13 p.m. in front of the Walmart at 1819 E. Noble Ave., officers responded to a call of a male causing a disturbance. The suspect, 23-year-old Andre Rhodes, was aggressively approaching customers outside and attempting to take a cell phone from a victim trying to call 911. When officers approached Rhodes, he began to struggle with officers. Rhodes was eventually arrested and booked at the Tulare County Pretrial facility for charges of obstruction of 911 phone use, attempted robbery, and resisting arrest. There were no injuries received during the arrest.

At 1:33 a.m. in the area of Locust and Center, officers were flagged down regarding a disturbance. Witnesses advised that Jessica Oliver, 31, had previously been in possession of a firearm and pointed it at numerous subjects in a threatening manner. When officers located Oliver, the found a loaded handgun in her car. Oliver was arrested and booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility for assault with a deadly weapon and weapons charges.

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