The Fresno County Sheriff's Office today announced the arrest of a Fresno man after stealing irrigation pipe and then leading deputies on a high speed pursuit. Arrested was 36-year-old Louie Dominic Bracamonte.
The incident occurred this morning, shortly after 7:30am, when a deputy was flagged down by the victim of the theft on Kearney Ave near Grantland. The victim reported that metal pipe had been stolen from the rear of his property, and the suspect had just fled north on Grantland in a white pickup truck.
The deputy started after the pickup, catching up to it near the intersection of Grantland & Belmont. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Bracamonte, failed to pull over and a pursuit ensued. A check of the license plate found the vehicle to have been stolen yesterday from the City of Kerman.
The pursuit lasted six minutes, and reached speeds of 90 mph, before Bracamonte lost control of the pickup and crashed near the intersection of Ashlan & Bryan. Bracamonte then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot into a residential area.
Several patrol units, as well as Eagle One, responded and were able to set up a perimeter within minutes. Deputies discovered Bracamonte hiding in a yard of one of the residences and taken into custody without further incident.
The irrigation pipe was recovered and returned to the victim.
Members of the Ag Task Force and HEAT Team are handling the investigation.
Bracamonte will be booked in to the Fresno County Jail on charges of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, theft, and felony evading.