Man leads officers on high-speed chase through Sanger. He hit two police cruisers

Crime

A man led police officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon that ended in Sanger.

The suspect’s name is Luis Cantu, Sanger Police Clp. Manuel Duran Jr. says. 

The pursuit began around 3 p.m. when officers responded to the 2400 block of 7th Street where they found Cantu attempting to drive up onto the front yard of a home.

He was driving erratically and failed to yield to police officers, eventually hitting two police cruisers in the area.

Cantu was headed toward Reedley, and that’s when Sanger police officers ended their pursuit due to his erratic driving, the rainy weather and the pursuit leading into a new city, Duran says.

He says the pursuit lasted about five minutes and and reached speeds up to 100 mph.

Reedley Police got word of Cantu driving erratically in the city, but were not able to locate him.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter was able to locate him as he headed back into Sanger, near Highway 180 and Academy Avenue.

The helicopter and driver pursuit ended when he was blocked in at an intersection at Academy Avenue and 5th Street, Duran says, and Sanger police officers were able to apprehend him.

Cantu is reportedly going through issues with his family, Duran says, adding that he also has a record of a DUI.

“We don’t know what his mentality is at this point,” he says.

Sanger Police Department will be investigating the incident.

No officers were injured.

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