Lindsay police were chasing a car driven by suspected gang member, but called off the chase when the suspects entered the city of Porterville, California for reasons of public safety. Moments later, the car crashed into a light pole after hitting two other vehicles. Two suspects died from their injuries, and the third is in serious condition.
It was around 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 20, 2018, when the Lindsay police received a call informing them about the presence of suspicious looking people at J.J.Cairs High School.
Police say that they received a report from administrators about suspicious gang members who inquired about the whereabouts of a student.
Suspects Speed Away in Car
Police say one of the suspects was armed with a knife. They arrived at the scene to find the suspects in a maroon Nissan Altima, which was parked next to the school.
The suspects fled in the car when the police tried to contact them. The driver was a woman, and she almost ran over a police officer as the suspects tried to make a getaway.
High-Speed Car Chase
Police chased the car through the town of Strathmore before the suspects’ car entered the city of Porterville.
The suspects threw several items out of the car on multiple occasions as the high-speed chase continued. Lindsay police requested the help of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol while in persuit.
Police Call Off Chase
When the suspects entered Porterville, the police decided to end the chase at Henderson and Plano, since it put the residents in danger. But moments later, authorities were alerted to a crash at about a mile south at the intersection of Olive and Plano.
The Altima ran a red light and reportedly crashed into a Dodge Ram and a Dodge Challenger before hitting a light pole.
Two Suspects Suffer Fatal Injuries
One of the vehicle’s occupants was ejected from the car. One female suspect died at the scene while two male suspects were taken to Sierra View District Hospital where one succumbed to his injuries.
The other suspect is believed to be in serious condition. The occupants of the two other vehicles involved were treated at the scene and are said to be uninjured.
A Narrow Escape for Citizens
Later that evening, the Lindsay Police Department gave details of the high-speed chase and the eventual crash. The Olive and Plano intersection was closed for several hours as police investigated the site.
Luckily for the people of Lindsay, Strathmore, and Porterville, no passerby were injured. Police are still investigating the incident.