Two suspects arrested after trying to evade police, crashing into pickup


Clovis Police say a man and woman are in custody after chasing them on Highway 168. In an attempt to get police off their tail, police say the suspects drove off-road on an off-ramp — only to collide with a pickup truck on Bullard Avenue.

Victoria Barrow first saw the police lights when she was driving eastbound on Bullard Avenue with her husband.

“We saw a bunch of cop cars just flying around. We were like, what is going on,” she said.

She and her husband decided to pull over. Soon after they did, they saw a white car try to speed off the off-ramp.

“[The car] just like, flies off the off-ramp and T-bones this Ford F-150. [It] took out a tree,” Barrow recalled.

Sgt. Craig Aranas said a man and woman were inside the car. It was first stopped by Shaw and Willow avenues by officers when it was discovered the car was reported stolen. Not long after it was stopped, the suspects drove fast onto Highway 168.

Police followed the suspects to the Bullard Avenue off-ramp, which is where the crash happened. The car damaged a metal fence and a tree planted in the ground before hitting the other vehicle.

“Obviously, [the suspects] didn’t navigate the intersection very well,” said Aranas.

Barrow said she was shocked the entire time it was happening.

“Had we been another two seconds earlier, that could’ve been us,” she said. “You see that stuff in movies and on t.v., but you never expect to see it right in front of you.”

No one in either car was badly hurt, according to Aranas. One of the suspects complained of a little pain.

Drugs were found in the car, but no word if either suspect had any drugs in their system.

All lanes going east on Bullard Avenue in the area were closed for about an hour as the crash site was cleaned up.

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