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120 MPH Chase Ends in Arrest of Fresno Man Emulating Online Videos for 'Fun'
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By Anthony W. Haddad
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June 18, 2024
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Fresno deputies and CHP officers arrested 20-year-old Oscar Duarte after a high-speed chase, where he reached speeds of 120 mph, imitating reckless driving videos he saw online. (instagram/Fresno Sheriff's Office)

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After a high-speed chase, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers arrested 20-year-old Oscar Duarte.

Duarte, who reached speeds up to 120 mph during the 15-minute pursuit, was booked into Fresno County Jail on charges of evading police and reckless driving. The Fresno man was released with a future court date scheduled, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The incident began around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, when a deputy attempted to stop a red Mercedes Benz speeding on Highway 41 near Jensen Avenue.

The driver, identified as Duarte, refused to pull over, leading to a chase. After two minutes, the deputy discontinued the pursuit, and the CHP’s airplane, AIR 43, took over, tracking Duarte from the sky and updating ground patrols on his movements, authorities said.

Duarte ran red lights, passed vehicles on the shoulder, and drove through medians, maintaining speeds between 90 and 100 mph.

The chase concluded at about 8:45 p.m. when Duarte exited Highway 99 at Belmont Avenue, where CHP units and deputies surrounded the Mercedes and arrested him without incident. Duarte later admitted to imitating reckless driving videos he had seen online, thinking it would be fun. No vehicles were hit during the chase.

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Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, or visit www.valleycrimestoppers.org. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Reference case No. 24-6592.

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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