LEMOORE — Kings County Sheriff’s deputies received help from a concerned citizen on Saturday while in pursuit of a suspect who was running away from them, officials said.
Around 8:15 a.m., deputies said they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a stolen Nissan sedan in the 17500 block of Jersey Avenue in Lemoore.
Officials said the driver of the stolen vehicle, later identified as 19-year-old Joshua Cotton, failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit that lasted approximately 10 minutes and covered about 7 to 8 miles.
During the pursuit, deputies said Cotton was observed throwing several items out of the vehicle.
The car chase ended when Cotton jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran on foot, deputies said. Officials said the stolen Nissan continued rolling through a fence and was eventually stopped by a tree.
A citizen driving by saw the deputy chasing Cotton on foot and stopped to help by offering the deputy a ride to close the distance. Officials said Cotton was subsequently taken into custody several blocks away from the crash site.
During the investigation that followed, sheriff’s officials said evidence linking Cotton to the stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, transportation of methamphetamine and home burglary were discovered.
Additionally, deputies said a part to a firearm was also discovered in Cotton's possession.
Authorities said Cotton, who was wanted by the Kings County Sheriff's Office for a terrorist threats and weapon brandishing case that took place earlier in the week, was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of making criminal threats, brandishing a weapon or firearm, felony reckless evading, unlawful taking or tampering with a vehicle, purchasing or receiving a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.
The Kings County Sheriff's Office officials said they would like to express their gratitude to the brave, concerned citizen who stopped to help the deputy.
“Despite the risk, that individual elected to stop and provide assistance with the apprehension of a dangerous criminal that had been victimizing and exposing the citizens of Kings County to dangerous drugs,” Sheriff’s officials said in a press release.