Man in stolen car struggles with getaway driving skills, gets stuck in river

Driver Christopher John Taylor, 45
Driver Christopher John Taylor, 45 Visalia Police Department

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.

Marilyn Castaneda: 559-441-6087, @MarilynCast98

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Visalia police say a chase of a stolen car ended when Christopher John Taylor, 45, drove it off an embankment and into the St. John’s River. Visalia Police Department