Police Chase on Highway 65 in Porterville Ends in Fatality, Suspect Samuel Hunter Arrested
PORTERVILLE, CA (August 3, 2022) – One person died and police arrested Samuel Hunter after a police chase in Porterville early Sunday morning on July 31.
Around 2:45 a.m., the CHP tried to pull over a white Ford pickup truck. It was traveling erratically on the wrong side of the road and attempting to run other cars off the highway.
Hunter, a 33-year-old Santa Clara resident, was the suspect driver. He tried to crash his pickup truck into pursuing deputies and to run over a deputy deploying a spike strip. He was able to continue south on Highway 65 toward Terra Bella.
Another driver traveling north pulled onto the shoulder and stopped on the side of the road. The suspect then turned his vehicle toward the parked car and intentionally rammed it, the Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies said.
The person in the parked car died as a result of the crash. Their identity has not been released.
Police arrested Hunter and booked him into the South County Jail Facility without bail.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the fatality. The asked witnesses to contact Detective Mike Torres or Detective Nick Sandoval at 559-733-6218 or by calling or texting 559-725-4194.
We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
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