Driver gets away from Visalia PD by going the wrong way on one-way

Man driving with a child, female passenger evades police after three different attempts to stop him

VISALIA – Visalia police are on the hunt for a reckless driver who will be charged with a litany of crimes when he’s caught.

According to the Visalia Police Department, at approximately 10:22 p.m. last Thursday, May 27, an officer with the Visalia Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle around Murray Avenue and Dudley Street. The vehicle failed to yield, and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. After several minutes, the vehicle went the wrong way on Mineral King Avenue and the pursuit was terminated.

The suspect vehicle was located a short time later around Highway 198 and Plaza Drive and again fled from officers. During the subsequent pursuit, the driver of the vehicle attempted to intentionally ram a pursuing unit. The vehicle pursuit went south out of the city and ultimately returned to the city on Mooney Boulevard.

The pursuit concluded when the driver of the vehicle fled on foot around Mooney Boulevard and Tulare Avenue. The suspect in this incident remains outstanding.

Following the pursuit officers discovered a female passenger and a young child in the vehicle. Once apprehended the driver of the vehicle will face charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading and child endangerment. There were no injuries or damage as a result of this vehicle pursuit. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Visalia Police Department. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at 559-713-4738.

Visalia Police Logs

Saturday, May 29
At 1 a.m., patrol officers were dispatched to the area of Walnut and Linwood for a report of an injury traffic collision. Officers arrived on scene and located a single vehicle accident. The vehicle collided into a power pole and caught fire. The vehicle was occupied by two people who did not survive the crash. The initial investigation shows the vehicle was traveling westbound Walnut from Linwood and speed was a factor in the collision. The vehicle involved was a White, 2005 Infinity G35. The collision caused a large power outage in the area. Edison responded to the scene.

At 10:55 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to a report of pedestrian down in the roadway. Officers located the pedestrian in the roadway on Goshen Avenue east of Road 88 suffering from major injuries. The initial investigation appears the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle who failed to stop after the collision. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition. There were no witnesses to the collision.

Friday, May 28
At approximately 9:49 p.m., officers in the special enforcement unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of Stevenson Street and Prospect Avenue. The driver, Samuel Bustos, 20, was found to have a loaded magazine in his front pocket and was detained. The passenger, Victor Cerpa, 20, resisted officers and was taken into custody. During a search of the vehicle, a firearm was located inside the front console. Bustos was placed under arrest and both Bustos and Cerpa were later booked into the Tulare County pretrial facility. Bustos was booked for possession of a loaded firearm and carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Cerpa was booked for resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

Thursday, May 27
At 5:40 p.m., a Visalia Police Department patrol officer observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Center at Giddings. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver of the vehicle Victor Cruz Gomez, 39, was found in possession of drug paraphernalia, narcotics for sale and a loaded firearm. Gomez was found to be a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing the firearm. Gomez was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of firearm in a public place, possession of a high-capacity magazine, possession of drug paraphernalia and narcotics for sale.

At approximately 7:42 p.m., patrol officers responded to 3615 W. Noble Ave. (Save Mart) for a report of a man with a gun. Prior to officer’s arrival, the victim was in the parking lot of Save Mart when the victim was approached by three subjects. The three subjects were later identified as Suspect Julio Jacobo, 21, Andrew Remigio, 18, and a 17-year-old male juvenile. The three suspects confronted the victim, threatened the victim, made gang related remarks, and brandished a firearm. Jacobo, Remigio, and the juvenile then left the scene in a brown colored SUV. The victim was able to follow the suspect vehicle at a safe distance and called 9-1-1 where he provided the direction of travel for the suspect vehicle. An officer located the suspect vehicle in the area of Court Street and Noble Avenue and a traffic stop was conducted. During the investigation of the traffic stop, a loaded firearm was found in the vehicle and all three Suspects were placed under arrest. The juvenile was later transported to the Tulare County juvenile detention facility where he was booked for brandishing a firearm and conspiracy. Remigio and Jacobo were later booked into the Tulare County pretrial facility. Remigio was booked for brandishing of a firearm, conspiracy, and gang enhancement. Jacobo was booked for brandishing of a firearm, conspiracy, gang enhancement, possession of a loaded firearm in public, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle and possession of an unregistered firearm.

At 3:20 a.m. the Visalia Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the driveway of a residence in the 1100 block of West Seeger. The fire was determined to be intentionally set. Detectives with the Visalia Police Department arrived on scene and began an arson investigation. During this investigation, detectives learned this same victim had his vehicle’s tires slashed in early May. Recently, information was developed linking Daren Martinho, 28, to these crimes. Since the arson incident, Martinho also sent the arson victim several voicemail messages threatening to burn the victim’s residence. Martinho was located in Visalia today and arrested without incident. He was booked into the Tulare County pretrial facility for the above listed criminal charges. This investigation is continuing.

Wednesday, May 26
At 2 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of an assault with a firearm. Officers arrived on scene to find a 78-year-old male suffering a laceration to the side of his head. Officers also located several spent and live rounds in the front and inside of the residence. Officers learned that an unknown suspect had knocked on the door requesting to use a phone. Once the victim opened the door he was pistol whipped and fought with the suspect. Several shots were fired during the fight. The victim was not struck by any of the rounds. The victim was treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact the Visalia Police Department violent crimes unit. They can remain anonymous by calling the Anonymous Tip Line at 713-4738.

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