Orchard, highway car chase in Wasco ends with crash, foot pursuit, arrest

WASCO, Calif. - Sheriff's deputies chased a man through orchards before his car crashed and he fled, officials said.

Deputies from the Wasco Substation conducted a traffic stop on a blue Chevy Impala in the area of Poplar Avenue and 4th Street in Wasco Monday.

As the deputy approached the vehicle on foot, the car fled form the deputy, Kern County Sheriff's Office officials said.

The deputy recognized the driver as Juan Alvarado.  A vehicle pursuit ensued westbound onto Highway 46 through Wasco, officials said.

Deputies chased Alvarado through almond orchards and pistachio orchards as he attempting to evade deputies.  Deputies discontinued the pursuit once Alvarado re-entered busy Highway 46, officials said.

Alvarado crashed his vehicle a short distance away after the pursuit was terminated.  Alvarado and the passenger, Carlos Guadalupe Torres-Samano, fled the scene of the crash and led deputies on a foot chase near Palm Avenue School, officials said.

Deputies set up a perimeter.  Both Torres-Semano and Alvarado were captured near Palm Avenue School.  Torres-Semano was charged with resisting arrest. Alvarado was found to be in possession of narcotics, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and evidence of drug sales, officials said.

Alvarado was charged with evading a peace officer, possessing narcotics for sales, possessing a controlled substance for sales, transporting a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, and fleeing the scene of an accident. Alvarado also has two felony warrants for his arrest.

Both men were booked into CRF.

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