Friday, 08 June 2012 10:40

Man Chased by Fresno Police Crashes Stolen Vintage Truck

A 22-year-old Fresno man was arrested May 25 on suspicion of stealing a restored 1951 Chevrolet truck after crashing the pickup with police in pursuit.

Officers responded to a call about 2:15 a.m. from a security guard who was following a man in the truck stolen from an auto body shop at 1497 N. Blackstone Ave., police said

As officers tried to stop the truck, the vehicle sped onto northbound Highway 99 at Olive Avenue. The driver attempted to exit at the Shaw Avenue offramp, but instead crash the truck into an embankment.

The truck caught on fire, forcing officers to break a window to free the suspect, who resisted arrested. The suspect reportedly stole another vehicle and vandalized others at the dealership.

He was treated at Community Regional Medical Center for minor injuries and then booked into the Fresno County jail.

The man was arrested on charges that included two counts of stealing a vehicle, six counts of vandalism and a count of resisting arrest, along with outstanding warrants.