FRESNO - On Sunday July 23rd, at 12:46 AM, the Fresno Police Department responded to the 2300 block of South Backer regarding a suspicious person in a grey Tahoe. A resident in the area reported that a vehicle was parked in the middle of the road and the male occupant was either drunk or high on drugs. The caller stated the male was talking but was not making much sense. A Fresno Police Officer arrived at 12:48 AM and found the vehicle partially in the street. The officer activated his overhead lights and the vehicle began to drive off with the officer following him. The vehicle accelerated and failed to yield. The driver refused to pull over and continued to drive on both city streets and freeways.
The Fresno Police Department’s Air 1 helicopter arrived overhead and started following the suspect vehicle. The patrol unit discontinued following the suspect and began monitoring from a distance. The Air 1 helicopter had its spotlight on the suspect vehicle as they followed it. The suspect drove through fields and back on to surface streets refusing to stop. The helicopter crew kept the ground unit updated on locations and speeds.