A man attempting to flee from police in a stolen vehicle ended up struck down a 20-foot embankment of the St. John’s River, Visalia police say.
The stolen vehicle was spotted Thursday night in the area of Road 156 and Avenue 296, according to a news release. Officers attempted a traffic stop but the driver, Christopher John Taylor, 45, sped away, reaching 100 mph during the chase.
Police say Taylor entered a private lane in the area of Road 158 and Ivanhoe Drive and eventually drove onto the embankment, but he lost control and crashed into the river, coming to a stop in 18 inches of water.
Taylor was arrested and found to be on probation for grand theft auto. He was booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility on charges including auto theft, evading an officer and drug possession.