Officers arrest 3 as high-speed chase ends at KFC

Officers arrest 3 as high-speed chase ends at KFC »Play Video
Authorities chase a suspected car thief in a Chevy Tahoe on Thursday on Highway 99.
DELANO, Calif. -- Authorities have caught three suspected car thieves who led them on a high-speed chase.

A Bakersfield police detective spotted one of the suspects Thursday afternoon driving in a Chevy Tahoe that had been reported stolen 15 minutes earlier. The detective began following the suspect northbound on Highway 99 near Roberts Lane, according to police.

Two other suspects in a Hyundai Santa Fe appeared to be driving along with the suspect in the Tahoe. The suspects in the Santa Fe surrendered on the shoulder of Hwy. 99 just south of Highway 46 after officers in marked cars joined the pursuit.

Police identified the suspects in the Santa Fe as 26-year-old Lorenzo Juarez and 24-year-old Norberto Ramirez-Florez, both of the Delano/Earlimart area. They were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, auto theft and possession of burglary tools.

The suspect in the Tahoe continued on Hwy. 99 with officers on his tail. That suspect, 19-year-old Guadalupe Torres, pulled off the highway in Delano, crashed and bailed from the SUV in the area of 12th Avenue and Fremont Street.

Authorities began searching the area on foot, and they found Torres a short time later sitting in a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Cecil Avenue.

Torres was reportedly waiting for the other two suspects to pick him up.

Ironically, Bakersfield had just finished hosting a joint meeting with the Tulare County Reduced Auto Theft team and the Kern County Auto Theft Task Force, and the agencies worked together to catch the suspects.