Stolen delivery truck leads police on wild chase through Fresno and Clovis

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Managers at Monterrey Mexican Products say they are just happy no one was hurt. (KFSN)

A stolen delivery truck led officers on a chase through Fresno and Clovis Saturday.

The driver, a Kerman man, is in jail, accused of that dangerous joy ride.

Cell phone video captured the scene in Clovis, a box truck leading police on a wild pursuit. Richard Horn grabbed his phone to film what was happening right before his eyes.

"Out of nowhere, a CHP officer just cut right in front of us," Horn said. "We thought we had done something wrong."

But they hadn't, 26-year-old Angel Ortiz did. He's accused of stealing a 24-foot cargo truck from a driver who was making deliveries on Church and Maple Avenues and leading police on a 45-minute chase past Sierra Vista Mall and even going through a parking lot at Fresno State.

"They were going like 30 miles an hour," Horn said. "But something that big makes it scary, even though he's not going fast."

Horn was at the stoplight at Willow and Ashlan Avenues when he says an officer threw out spikes to stop Ortiz from going any farther.

"That's why in the video the truck kind of jumps the center divider and takes a hard right turn," Horn explained. "Two wheels come off the ground, I thought he was going to flip."

He says law enforcement was key in making sure everyone on the road was safe. "The officers did a great job of clearing the whole intersection before the guy made it there," he said.

The chase ended after a helicopter spotted the suspect turning into the Ramada Inn on Shaw Avenue.

"We were close by so we responded into the parking lot right away and we were able to capture the suspect just inside the lobby," Sgt. John Romo with the Fresno Police Department said. "He surrendered and we took him into custody without incident."
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