An alleged car thief was arrested and a Tulare County sheriff’s deputy was hurt when deputies tried to detain the man in Pixley Sunday afternoon.
The encounter happened around 1:16 p.m., when the suspect driving the allegedly stolen vehicle spotted law officers, got out of the vehicle and fled on foot near Allen Avenue and Main Street, said Tulare County sheriff’s deputies. The man, said authorities, tried to fight them after they attempted to arrest him. A deputy suffered a minor hand injury.
Tulare County deputies identified the man as Jose Velasco. Jail records gave his age as 26. He was booked into the Porterville Sheriff’s Substation.