A high-speed chase that began when two men tried to steal beer from a Selma mini-mart ended in a crash and a foot chase, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office reported.
Lt. Greg Andreotti said the incident started about 2 a.m. Monday at the store in the 12000 block of Highland Avenue in Selma. Deputies got a description of a white pickup truck and a license plate number.
Deputies saw the truck a short time later and tried to stop the driver, who sped into a neighborhood at speeds of 60 mph. About a minute later, the truck crashed into a front yard in the 9700 block of East Dinuba Avenue, damaging fencing. Two men ran from the vehicle but were apprehended quickly.
Andreotti said a search of the truck yielded a lock pick set along with other tools used in auto thefts, along with methamphetamine and a machete.
The driver was identified as Juan Torres, 35. A passenger, Andres Preciado, 26, was treated for a cut to the head sustained in the crash.
The California Highway Patrol booked Torres on charges of driving under the influence. Preciado was booked on burglary charges.
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