Accused burglars lead deputies on chase from Fresno to Kern County at speeds up to 130 mph

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A fast and furious chase down the I-5 ended anti-climatically for Shannon Peterson and Laresha Brown. (KFSN)

A fast and furious chase down the I-5 ended anti-climatically for Shannon Peterson and Laresha Brown. A team of officers, a K-9, and a chopper cornered them in a motel parking lot.

"It was pretty much a slam dunk... these are the people we were looking for, they were caught red-handed with the items we know they took," Tony Botti of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

The chase began an hour earlier, just south of Harris Ranch. Detectives say the suspects had been staking out the restaurant's parking lot for months stealing from vehicles.

They allegedly struck again Monday, breaking into two cars, stealing luggage and electronics.

"We just happened to have a property crimes detectives that have been working a case for quite awhile, there's been a series of vehicle burglaries out in the Harris Ranch area."

Detectives there sent out a description of the suspect's car. A short while later a deputy spotted that same BMW a few miles south and tried to make a traffic stop.

It all ended in Kern County when the suspects abandoned their car and tried hiding behind semi-truck trailers. Both were arrested and face multiple felony charges of burglary.

Detectives say Brown was the driver and has a prior conviction for evading police.

"They were going extremely fast, we're talking 130 mph, weaving in and out of traffic, using the shoulder at times, our helicopter had trouble keeping up with them at some points, they were bent on getting away," Botti said. "Once they jumped out of the car, it was basically game over, they had nowhere to hide."

Deputies say it is likely the two had targeted many others at Harris Ranch. They are hoping those customers will step forward.

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