Arrests made in attack on CHP cruiser

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Arrests are made after a mob attacked a CHP vehicle in Fresno last Sunday. Just released dashcam video shows a CHP officer approaching the angry crowd before they vandalize the vehicle. Now, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says this kind of behavior won’t be tolerated on Fresno Streets.

“There were approximately 80 people and probably 30 to 40 vehicles that were parked in in around that intersection that were participating in this sideshow,” said Dyer.

In the area of Orange and North a mob of people attacked this CHP cruiser during a side show last weekend. The CHP officer was not hurt.

“The officer is doing fine but this was a traumatic event for him but he’s doing fine he’s back to work,” said Captain Craig Kunzler of the California Highway Patrol.

But his vehicle was damaged, and it will cost an estimated $12,000 to repair. Fresno police have arrested three people for alleged criminal activity that day and they need help identifying more people from still pictures and video of the incident.

“As we all saw in the video this was extremely disturbing this was absolute anarchy on the part of those individuals that were vandalizing the CHP vehicle with the officer inside and I have no doubt had to CHP officer gotten out of his vehicle they would’ve attacked him,” said Dyer.

Chief Dyer is now teaming with CHP to aggressively shut down future driving exhibitions in Fresno before they get started.

“Immediately were going to respond with as many as 50 to 60 of our officers as well as CHP officers to the side shows we are going to tow every vehicle that we legally can we’re going to cite drivers that are involved in this miss behavior and we’re going to arrest those individuals that need to be arrested,” said Dyer.

“There is a zero tolerance like the chief said we will if you engage in these types of activities we will be out in numbers we’re going to stop these activities from happening,” said Capt. Kunzler.

Some of the charges those arrested face include felony vandalism and inciting a riot. If you can help police identify anyone involved in this incident you can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 498-STOP.

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