Two people suspected of identity theft were arrested after a high-speed chase through Fresno Wednesday morning.
The pursuit started around 3:30 a.m. at Van Ness and Rialto avenues in the Old Fig Garden area of Fresno, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies saw three individuals parked in a car near the intersection and became suspicious. The deputies approached the car, but the driver, 31-year-old Phillip Paul Marquez, sped off. The deputies followed in their car.
The deputies pursued the suspects onto southbound Highway 41, onto southbound Highway 99, and then through the city of Fowler. The chase then proceeded back to Southeast Fresno at the intersection of Argyle and Tulare streets, where the suspects jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in drive. The car rolled into three parked cars and then caught fire, the Sheriff’s office said.
The deputies were able to catch up to Marquez and one of the passengers, 24-year-old Adriana Nichole Trevino, both of Fresno. The third suspect got away.
Inside the vehicle, deputies discovered several pieces of mail and washed checks that included addresses from throughout Fresno and the Old Fig Garden area.
Marquez was arrested on charges of felony evading, reckless driving, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, forgery and a parole warrant.
Trevino was arrested on charges of resisting arrest.
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