Man arrested after wild, drug-fueled chase in stolen car on Highway 41
A man accused of driving a stolen pickup while on drugs led authorities on a wild ride around Fresno on Friday that left a rammed car and a runover fire hydrant in his wake.
Jose Wilfredo Arellano was arrested without incident on the center median of northbound Highway 41 in central Fresno after a pursuit that started in southeast Fresno, the California Highway Patrol says.
According to the CHP, the chase started after Arellano drove away from officers who identified themselves with police and sheriff’s vests. Those officers, from the Help Eliminate Auto Theft task force, spotted Arellano in the driver’s seat of the stolen pickup at the Chevron gas station at Belmont and Fowler avenues.
The officers ordered Arellano to get out. CHP says that’s when Arellano, 35, rammed into a car parked at a gas pump twice, then struck a fire hydrant and a raised center median on Fowler Avenue before speeding away. The impact from those crashes flattened the right-side tires of the truck, but Arellano continued anyway.
A CHP helicopter and Fresno police cars joined the pursuit as Arellano traveled on Fresno streets with flat tires, eventually driving onto 41 from Divisadero Street. He finally stopped north of McKinley Avenue where he was arrested.
Arellano was in Fresno County Jail on Friday night on several charges related to the case with a total bail of $90,000.