A Visalia man led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase Monday through Kings and Tulare counties, the CHP said.
CHP spokesman John Tyler said the chase started at 3:33 p.m. on a Tulare County road just south of Corcoran. Tyler said an officer attempted to stop a motorcycle that was speeding. The suspect, later identified as Richard Quilantan, 21, of Visalia, failed to stop and a chase ensued.
Quilantan reportedly headed northbound on Highway 43 into Kings County. The CHP said the chase reached speeds of more than 100 mph.
Dispatchers alerted the Hanford Police Department as the chase approached the city, but Quilantan turned right onto Kansas Avenue heading toward Tulare. Tyler said the chase continued until about 4:08 p.m. when Quilantan surrendered near South Court Street and West Whitendale Avenue in Visalia.
Tyler said a CHP helicopter tracked the motorcycle overhead as the pursuit moved into Visalia.
Tyler said Quilantan likely fled because he did not have a valid driver’s license. While the original traffic stop would have resulted in a traffic ticket, Tyler said, the high-speed pursuit could lead to felony charges.
“He endangered the lives of countless people, including himself,” Tyler said.
No one was injured during the chase.
Quilantan was booked into the Tulare County Jail on suspicion of evading an officer with willful disregard for safety. His bail is set at $75,000.
According to the Exeter Police Department’s website, Quilantan was arrested in Exeter on Jan. 18 for driving on a suspended license from a prior DUI. Police said he was cited and released at the scene.