Seatbelt Violation Turns Into A High Speed Chase With CHP

(Photo Courtesy: KMPH Photographer Bert Montelongo)

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ/FOX26) — A man was arrested Thursday afternoon after leading the CHP on a high-speed chase that started just east of Sanger.

Highway Patrol says an officer tried to pull over a man for a seatbelt violation, but he instead took off, reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour.

During the chase, the driver blew through several stop signs, ran multiple red lights, and nearly collided with on coming cars as he drove on the wrong side of the street.

Investigators believe officers were ready to throw out the spike strips on the road when the SUV cuts a corner on Fowler and Belmont in Fresno, hits the central divider and continued driving erratically against traffic. The driver then jumped onto highway 180 and continued the chase with law enforcement.

The driver exited Highway 180 at Chestnut and crashed into a fence where he then ditches the SUV and takes off on foot. Officers caught up and arrested him as he tried to flee the scene.

Officers say they found drugs and burglary tools inside the suspect’s SUV.

Fire crews also arrived at the scene to put out a fire that started inside the SUV.

CHP says no one was injured during the chase and this case remains under investigation.