High-speed chase ends in fiery crash in Los Banos

July 29, 2013 

A high-speed chase Saturday in Los Banos ended in a fiery crash, according Los Banos police Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr.

Around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a 911 caller reported a possible drunken driver in a black Chrysler 300 near Sequoia Way and Eucalyptus Drive in Los Banos.

Sgt. Jason Hedden found a 2004 Chrysler 300 headed north on Eucalyptus Drive, police said, and stopped the driver after he ran a stop sign.

Police said 34-year-old Alberto Fernandez was driving the car.

As the sergeant walked toward the Chrysler, police said, the driver sped away. A high-speed chase ensued and lasted about one minute.

The driver lost control of the car near Wildrye Avenue and Bellflower Way, police said, and crashed into a power main. The Chrysler caught fire on the front lawn where it came to rest. Fernandez tried to leave the area on foot, police said, but several residents detained him until officers could apply handcuffs.

A records check turned up an arrest warrant on Fernandez, police said, who is wanted in Santa Clara County on suspicion of felony evading law enforcement officers in a vehicle.

Police said a breath test determined Fernandez to have a blood alcohol content of .095 percent. The legal limit is .08

No injuries were reported after the crash.

Fernandez is in custody at the Los Banos Police Department Jail, in lieu of $54,484 bail, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, felony evading a police officer in a vehicle and the felony warrant.

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