Woman, infant hit in DUI by unlicensed driver

The Sun-Gazette

Leonel Alacon drove his car onto the sidewalk and didn’t stop after hitting the pedestrians

VISALIA – While pedestrians should be able to enjoy a leisurely stroll on the sidewalk, drunk drivers can make walkways unsafe.

According to the Visalia Police Department, last Sunday, April 4, at 7:42 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Walnut and Linwood for a traffic collision. Upon arrival, officers were advised that a white Nissan Ultima was traveling east on Walnut at Linwood. The Nissan left the roadway, onto the sidewalk, striking an adult female and her one-year-old child who was in a stroller.

The driver left in the vehicle without stopping and the vehicle was found abandoned nearby. As officers were arriving in the area, they located a subject running that matched the description of the driver. He was detained without incident.

The victims were evaluated and released at the scene by paramedics for minor complaint of pain.

The driver, Leonel Hernandez Alacon, 20, was booked at Tulare County pretrial for driving under the influence, hit and run, child endangerment and unlicensed driver.

Visalia Police Logs

Friday, April 2
At 3:23 p.m. patrol officers were dispatched to a possible brandishing of a deadly weapon at the Visalia Mall, located at 2031 S. Mooney Blvd. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who advised he was confronted by a male juvenile. During the confrontation, the victim stated the male juvenile brandished two knives, demanded property, and lunged at him. The victim fled on foot and was able to get away with no injuries. Patrol officers searched the surrounding area and located the male juvenile. The male juvenile was arrested and booked into the Tulare County juvenile detention facility.

Thursday, April 1
At approximately 10:19 p.m., an officer with the special enforcement unit (SEU) observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Dinuba Boulevard and Sweet Avenue. A traffic stop was attempted and the vehicle failed to yield. During the pursuit, the vehicle began to smoke and the officer lost visual of the suspect vehicle. Assisting SEU officers located the suspect vehicle disabled at Locust Street and Murray Avenue. SEU officers began searching the area and with the assistance of patrol and K9 unit, the suspect Craig Palmer, 39, was found hiding in the 500 block of North Locust. Palmer was arrested for felony evading, resisting/obstructing/delaying an officer, and had an active warrant for domestic violence related charges. Palmer was later booked into the Tulare County pretrial facility

Wednesday, March 31
At approximately 8:00 p.m. the Visalia Police Department responded to the report of a traffic collision at Demaree and Pryor. Upon arrival officers learned that the rider of a motorcycle was attempting to turn northbound onto Demaree from westbound Pryor. The rider lost control of the motorcycle and rode into the path of a vehicle being driven southbound Demaree. The two vehicles collided, leaving the injured rider in the roadway. A witness to the collision attempted to render aid to the downed rider when they were both struck by a vehicle being driven southbound Demaree. The motorcycle rider was pronounced deceased at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. The other inured party is receiving care for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. All vehicles and drivers remained on scene. Alcohol and drug intoxication is not suspected as a factor in this collision.

At 1:19 p.m., the Visalia Police Department received a call of a family disturbance in the 1200 block of N. Conyer Street. The caller reported a 27-year-old relative, Ivan Cuevas was threatening family members and he was armed with a knife. When the first officer arrived on scene, he was confronted by Cuevas with a knife as he charged towards the officer. The officer attempted to Cuevas’ compliance but he refused to obey the officer’s orders. Cuevas continued to charge at the officer while still holding the knife, in an attempt to attack the officer. The officer fired several shots, striking Cuevas several times. Cuevas fell to the ground and officers immediately rendered first aid. Cuevas was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Through follow-up investigation, it was determined that morning at approximately 3:00 a.m., the Visalia Police Department received a call at the same location regarding very similar circumstances. The officers contacted Cuevas during this call for service and he was taken into custody without incident. The subject was booked at the Tulare County adult pretrial facility and was later released from custody and returned to the residence.

At approximately 1:22 a.m. an officer with the Visalia Police Department attempted a traffic stop in the area or St. Johns Parkway and Burke Street when the vehicle failed to yield. A vehicle pursuit was initiated. The suspect vehicle continued and ultimately got onto westbound Highway 198. The pursuit was terminated in the area of Highway 198 west of Highway 99, and a broadcast was given to surrounding agencies. At approximately 1:50 a.m. a deputy with the Kings County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect vehicle near the Tachi Palace in Lemoore. With the assistance of the on-site security deputies were able to locate and detain the occupants of the vehicle. A subsequent investigation revealed that the vehicle was a reported stolen vehicle out of Visalia. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Benjamin Miles, 35, of Visalia. Miles was taken into custody for felony evading, multiple charges related to auto theft, and possession of burglary tools. The passenger was identified as Jessica Tabarez, 26, of Visalia. Tabarez was taken into custody for conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of stolen property. Both suspects were ultimately booked in to the Tulare County adult pretrial facility.

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