Reedley high speed chase ends in crash

Police officer rams stolen vehicle near Jefferson Elementary, two juveniles arrested for crime

By Darren Fraser
Published January 16, 2024  • 
11:00 am
After leading RPD officers on a high speed chase through town, an officer put an end to the pursuit by ramming the stolen vehicle at an intersection near Jefferson Elementary School. (Darren Fraser)
After leading RPD officers on a high speed chase through town, an officer put an end to the pursuit by ramming the stolen vehicle at an intersection near Jefferson Elementary School. (Darren Fraser)

REEDLEY – Two male juveniles led Reedley Police Department (RPD) on a high speed chase through downtown Reedley – twice. The pursuit ended when police rammed the stolen vehicle at an intersection directly opposite Jefferson Elementary School.

Sgt. Todd Lowery said the events began this morning after police received a call about a stolen vehicle. The car, a white Kia Optima, was reported stolen from Adventist Medical Center in Reedley.

At roughly 11:10 am, a vehicle sped through the intersection of G Street and 11th Street, followed by two RPD vehicles.

The vehicles continued down G Street, eventually moving out of sight and sound range.

Approximately 10 minutes later, the convoy again approached the intersection. The Kia driver made a hard left onto 11th at high speed before turning right on F Street. The two police vehicles continued in close pursuit.

Lowery said the chase took police out of the county on Road 416. The vehicles re-entered city limits traveling on Frankwood Avenue.

Lowery said the chase ended where it did because police had to put an end to it.

He said when the juveniles entered the residential area near Jefferson, they drove through an alley. An RPD office drove parallel down a side street. Lowery said when the driver of the stolen vehicle attempted to turn onto East Jefferson Avenue off of South Columbia Avenue, the officer rammed the front of the Kia.

Lowery said both occupants fled the scene on foot but were caught. They were taken to Adventist Medical as a precaution before being taken to the Reedley Police Department.

Lowery said no one was injured during the pursuit or the crash.

Darren Fraser
Reporter