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Chase lands car in river, man in jail

Chase lands car in river, man in jail

Christopher John Taylor was driving over 100 mph to evade police when he crashed into St. John’s River

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VISALIA – A high speed chase east of town landed a car in a river bank and a man in jail. 

A high speed chase near Visalia ended with a stolen car crashing into the St. John’s River on Feb. 7. Photo courtesy of Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

A high speed chase near Visalia ended with a stolen car crashing into the St. John’s River on Feb. 7. Photo courtesy of Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

The chase began at about 10:40 p.m. on Feb. 7 when a officer with the Visalia Police Department’s anti-gang unit spotted a stolen vehicle in the area of Mariposa Avenue (Road 156) and Mineral King Avenue (Avenue 296). 

When the officer attempted to pull the car over, the driver of the stolen car sped away from the officer. The vehicle attempted to evade the officer by traveling upwards of 100 MPH before it drove onto a private drive near Cutler Park at Road 158 and Ivanhoe Drive. The vehicle continued on the private drive until it drove up the embankment of the St John’s River. The vehicle then drove down a 20 foot embankment into the St John’s River stalling out in eighteen inches of water. 

The officers were able to get to the driver, 45-year-old Christopher John Taylor, and placed him under arrest. Taylor was found to be on probation for grand theft auto and had a violation of probation warrant for his arrest. He was booked at the Tulare County Jail.


Visalia Police Log

Tuesday, Feb. 5
At 5:22 a.m. at the Majestic Motel, 4545 W. Noble Ave., an officer discovered a 2019 Toyota C-Hr reported stolen from a Toyota dealership in Milpitas, Calif. Further investigation identified the car thief as 37-year-old John Hernandez of Morgan Hill, Calif. Hernandez was located in the area and taken into custody without incident. He was ultimately booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-trial Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Thursday, Feb. 7
At 11:48 p.m. in the area of Houston Avenue and McAuliff Street, an officer attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield at which time a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The pursuit ended when the driver voluntarily stopped in the area of Avenue 312 and Hacienda Road. Upon stopping the driver, 29-year-old Victoria Campbell of Tulare, arrested. She was booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-trail Facility for evading and driving with a suspended license.

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