Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has a warning for the people who attacked and vandalized a California patrol SUV – arrests are coming.
Sunday afternoon in southwest Fresno, a California Highway Patrol officer spotted tire smoke at an intersection and went to investigate, finding a Chevrolet Tahoe burning donuts in the street. A large group of people were blocking the street while they watched several cars driving recklessly in the streets.
The officer got out of his SUV to issue a citation, when the crowd nearby shouted for the driver to speed away, so he took off. The officer then got back in his vehicle to pursuing the fleeing vehicle, and that’s when the crowd attacked, kicking and hitting the patrol vehicle, smashing windows and denting the side paneling, reported the Fresno Bee.
“F**k the police… we run the streets!” they yelled.
The officer managed to get away without being injured himself, but his vehicle was left with about $12,000 worth of damage.
Now the Fresno police department is coming after the suspects. The officer’s dash camera and a license plate reader captured information about the Tahoe, other vehicles and the suspects. Detectives are also gleaning information from YouTube and social media sites.
“I’m confident that we are about to identify the Tahoe driver and as many others as we can so we can send a message that we will not tolerate this in our community,” Chief Dyer said.
He said the reckless driving sideshows have been going on in the East Bay for years, and often include hit and run collisions, shootings and fights. He warned that the next time one occurs, police are ready, and will be towing as many vehicles as they can.
“There is a lot of bragging (on social media) that they will be back,” Dyer said. “I look forward to their return.”
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