Man ar­rested af­ter wild, drug-fu­eled chase in stolen car on High­way 41

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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.

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