HANFORD — A dirt bike rider took Hanford Police officers on a chase lasting over 10 minutes, officials said.
On Monday around noon, Hanford police officers said they were in the area of 10th Avenue and Lacey Boulevard when they observed 18-year-old Logan Whisenant riding a Kawasaki dirt bike on the roadway without a helmet.
The dirt bike, which is designated for off-road use, was not equipped with any lights, mirrors or a license plate as required for on-highway use, police said.
According to police, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the dirt bike at 10th Avenue and Kruger Avenue, but Whisenant refused to stop and a pursuit began.
Officers said they pursued Whisenant east on Lacey Boulevard, where he left the roadway and traveled in various fields in the area of Lacey Boulevard and 9 ¼ Avenue.
Officers said Whisenant then went from Highway 43 to Hanford-Armona Road, where he turned west.
After a short struggle, police said they apprehended Whisenant in the area of Hanford-Armona Road and 8 ½ Avenue.
The pursuit of Whisenant lasted around 12 minutes and traveled approximately five miles at speeds in excess of 45 mph, officials said; and officers sustained injuries during the pursuit and arrest.
Police officials said Whisenant was booked into Kings County Jail on various charges.