Man and Woman Arrested Following High-Speed Chase in Fresno
FRESNO – A man and woman who led deputies on a high-speed pursuit were arrested on several felony charges early Tuesday morning.
Just after midnight, early Tuesday morning, deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spotted a reported stolen Toyota truck driving in the area of Butler and Cedar Avenues. When deputies tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver – later identified as Luis Francisco Abrams, 38 – refused to pull over, according to the sheriff’s office.
A pursuit ensued, with speeds reaching as high as 60 to 70 mph as the vehicles traveled through residential neighborhoods in southeast Fresno. An assisting deputy deployed a spike strip at the intersection of Chestnut and Church. Although Abrams drove over the strip and flattened the front right tire of the truck, he still refused to pull over.
Soon, Abrams slowed the car and the driver’s door opened, making it apparent to deputies that Abrams was going to try to flee on foot.
“As the stolen vehicle came to a stop, Abrams was made aware, in no uncertain terms, that a Sheriff’s K-9 would be deployed to make his arrest. Abrams exited the vehicle with his hands held high,” the sheriff’s office said.
Abrams and his passenger, 28-year-old Brittany Michelle Olsen, were both taken into custody. Inside the vehicle, deputies found burglary tools, a stun gun, syringes, and several suitcases that contained counterfeit $100 bill and items related to identity theft.
Abrams was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, felony evading, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, felon in possession of a stun gun, counterfeiting and parole violations.
Olsen was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, felon in possession of a stun gun and probation violations. Both were booked into the Fresno County Jail.
Fresno Bee: Pair arrested after pursuit
Fresno Bee: Search of Fresno parolee’s bedroom