Driver crashes stolen car during high-speed chase in Fresno, police say

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A driver was arrested on Saturday night after police say he crashed a stolen car during a high-speed chase. (Photo: Xavier Uriarte)

FRESNO, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man was arrested after he slammed a stolen car into a guardrail while leading officers on a high-speed chase, according to the Fresno Police Department.

Just after 11:30 p.m., officers spotted a car pulling out of a parking lot at a high rate of speed near Jensen and Cherry avenues.

When officers tried to pull the car over, police say the driver sped away down Highway 99 and got off at the Belmont Avenue exit.

The Fresno Police Department says a man slammed into a guard rail with a stolen car late Saturday night. (Photo: Xavier Uriarte)

Moments later, the chase ended after the driver ended up hitting a stop sign on Belmont before crashing into a guardrail.

The man refused to get out of the car but finally jumped out after officers told him it looked like the engine was starting to catch fire. Once out of the car, police say the man tried to escape from officers on foot but was arrested a short distance away.

Following the crash, officers figured out the car involved in the chase had been reported stolen out of Fresno.

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