Kings County deputies chase down, arrest speeding motorcyclist

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Victor Contreras
Suspect Victor Contreras

A Kings County Deputy Sheriff was busy patrolling the 14th Avenue and Highway 198 in Armona on Monday, July 5, at about 1:19 a.m., when he heard thunderous exhaust coming from an approaching vehicle on Highway 198.

As the deputy looked toward the 198 overpass, he watched a motorcycle traveling east at an estimated speed of 100 miles per hour. The suspect was later identified as Victor Contreras.

The deputy drove onto Highway 198 and attempted to catch up to the speeding motorcycle, sometimes driving at 115 miles per hour. Unfortunately, he failed to bridge the distance between them.  

The motorcyclist slowed down and exited Highway 198 at the Douty Street exit allowing the deputy to follow.  The motorcycle failed to stop at the stop sign located at Third Street and Douty.

Contreras turned his motorcycle north onto Douty and accelerated as the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren. The suspect, Contreras, refused to pull over, and another pursuit began.

 Deputies pursued Contreras throughout the Hanford. During the pursuit, the suspect drove in the opposite lane of travel and failed to stop at numerous stop signs. Contreras sped away, traveling eastbound on East Lacey Blvd at about 80 miles per hour.

As he approached 8 ¾ Avenue, the suspect lost control and laid the motorcycle down. Contreras tried to get up, but deputies took him to the ground and arrested him.

Deputies determined Contreras had two no bail misdemeanor warrants issued for his arrest. The charges included driving under the influence and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

Contreras refused medical treatment at the scene and was booked into the Kings County Jail. In addition to the warrants, his charges include felony evading an officer and felony evading an officer while traveling in the opposite direction. Victor’s bail was set at $110,000.

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