KINGS COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) — A high-speed chase with a stolen vehicle led Kings County Sheriff’s deputies to the arrest of two 18-year-olds Monday, investigators say.
At around 5:47 Monday, California Highway Patrol officers were pursuing a stolen silver 2008 Ford Escape in the area of 19th and Medford avenues in Kings County. At one point the CHP officers lost the vehicle and called in Kings County Sheriff’s deputies to help find it.
According to investigators a deputy driving south on 12th Avenue near Kent Avenue saw the stolen Escape and continued pursuing it. The chase, which at one point reached speeds of 130 miles per hour, ended when the driver lost control of the stolen vehicle and rolled into a dry canal in Hanford.
Two suspects ran from the overturned vehicle and towards a nearby residence, investigators say. Deputies say they caught one of the suspects, Jasper Cardoza, 18, without incident. However, the outstanding suspect had escaped.
Kings County K-9 Officer Bos assisted deputies, locating the second suspect, Manuel Huerta, 18, hiding in a shed. There was a struggle, and Huerta attempted to use Bos’ collar and leash to choke him, deputies say.
When a bean bag round was fired at Huerta, striking him in the leg, he began complying with deputies’ orders according to investigators. Huerta was taken to an area hospital.
Cardoza and Huerta were booked into Kings County Jail for several charges including resisting arrest and felony possession of stolen property. Their bail is set at $50,000.