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Wanted man rolls over for police

Wanted man rolls over for police

VPD arrest man for evading police, methamphetamine, driving with a suspended license and three active arrest warrants


VISALIA – In a pursuit that could have had the Benny Hill theme song dubbed in, the Visalia Police Department managed to corral a criminal driver after his car had rolled over trying to evade them.

At 7:19 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, officers with VPD’s gang unit attempted to stop Shane Moler, 47, on Ben Maddox south of Noble. Moler was wanted on three active warrants for his arrest.

Moler pulled into the Mary’s Vinyard Shopping Center then pulled back out onto Ben Maddox attempting to evade the officers. Moler drove southbound on the east sidewalk, then crossed over Ben Maddox into a dirt field on the northwest corner of Ben Maddox and Tulare Ave. When Moler pulled out onto Tulare Ave, he lost control, and rolled the car over.

Moler was taken into custody at the scene. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance due to complaints of pain. Three ounces of methamphetamine were located in the vehicle. Moler was driving on a suspended license. He was booked at the Tulare County Jail for numerous charges including felony evading, narcotic sales, and the warrants.

Visalia Police Logs

Thursday, Sept. 5

At 8:54 p.m. officers were dispatched to the area of 1800 N. Locust in regards to a check the welfare call. Upon arrival, Officers located Angel Valencia, 34, in the middle of the street displaying signs of recent drug use. When officers attempted to detain Valencia, he began to resist and began punching and kicking officers. A police K-9 was utilized to effect the arrest of Valencia. After being treated at a local hospital Valencia was booked at the Adult Pretrial Facility for Resisting Arrest with Violence and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. One officer received minor injuries during the incident but returned to duty the same night.

At 5:49 p.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting that had just occurred in the 2400 Block of W. Sweet. Upon arriving on scene, a two- and half-year-old juvenile was found suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. The juvenile was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center were he later died from his injuries. As a result of the investigation the juvenile’s father, William Stallworth, 25, was arrested and booked for Homicide and Child Endangerment. The investigation is being conducted by the Violent Crimes Unit and is still ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Bryan Somavia at (559) 713-4727.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

At 6:24 p.m. officers were dispatched to Chinowth and Douglas in regards to an individual possibly under the influence, yelling at himself, and swinging at the air. Upon arrival, officers attempted to contact Anthony Carpenter, 46. Carpenter threatened to kill the officers and immediately became combative with them.

During the course of the arrest, Carpenter struck one of the officers in the face. As officers are attempting to gain control of the suspect, they fell to the ground and one of the officers sustained an injury to his right shoulder. Carpenter was taken into custody and booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility on multiple charges. The officer was treated and released at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.

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