Stolen Vehicle Pursuit Arrest

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On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 12:26 a.m., a Ventura patrol officer observed a vehicle matching the description of a reported stolen vehicle in the area of Thompson Boulevard and Fir Street. The officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop in the area of Thompson Boulevard and Oak Street.   The driver, Blas Hernandez, 35, failed to stop, entering the northbound 101 freeway from Oak Street.  Hernandez continued driving and began accelerating at a high rate of speed entering the 33 freeway where officers initiated pursuit. Hernandez continued to evade officers while committing several vehicle code violations.  Hernandez entered the bike path west of Crooked Palm Road where he exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended by pursuing officers.  Hernandez was the sole occupant of the vehicle and had an outstanding no bail felony warrant for a prior stolen vehicle.  At the conclusion of the investigation, Hernandez was booked into Ventura County Jail for evading officers, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony warrant.  No one was injured during this incident.

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