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Man leads CHP on high-speed chase, spanning two counties, arrested

California Highway said a man is behind bars after allegedly leading CHP officers on a wild chase, spanning two counties.

Officials said it all started around 10:45 Friday night. CHP said Alejandro Garcia, 30, was initially stopped for driving recklessly. Authorities said, instead of pulling over, Garcia fled to Madera County.

CHP said it's rare to have a chase like this start in one place then circle back around, but they said the alleged suspect may have been under the influence and said that could have played a part in it.

The scene near Fruit and Fedora Avenues, in Fresno, was full of police and medical services.

It was the end to what officials said was a high-speed chase. Allegedly brought on by, Garcia of Fresno.

California Highway Patrol said Garcia drove a truck from Fresno to Madera, then back again, fast down the 99.

"In the course of that pursuit the vehicle was traveling at speeds between 90 and 97 miles per hour," Sgt. Lincoln McKenna with California Highway Patrol, Madera, said.

CHP said Garcia exited Olive Avenue and began driving fast through surface streets. Officers said at one point the truck turned towards a law enforcement vehicle but said the truck came to a stop without any collisions or injuries to others.

"Once he exited his vehicle he took a fighting stance and started approaching the CHP officers that were there on scene at the termination of the pursuit," McKenna said.

CHP said that's when an officer deployed his stun gun, striking Garcia. In the video you can see Garcia on the floor, handcuffed.

"We were able to take the suspect into arrest, into custody," McKenna said. 

CHP said Garcia was transported to the hospital. In the video you can see him handcuffed on the stretcher. CHP said it was to remove the Taser probes.

CHP said Garcia was booked into the Fresno County Jail.


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