HANFORD — A man led Kings County Sheriff’s deputies on a 15-minute high-speed chase that ended with law enforcement officers ramming the suspect’s vehicle in order to stop him.
On Friday around 9:30 a.m., officials said a Kings County deputy located a vehicle in the area of state Route 43 and Excelsior Avenue that had just been reported stolen from an address in the 4000 block of Excelsior Avenue.
Officials said the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over when the suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Barry King, decided to flee and led the deputy in a vehicle pursuit.
King tried to lose the deputy by driving through orchards as well as driving the wrong way down one way streets, deputies said.
Sheriff’s officials said King drove at high speeds and at times reached 90 miles per hour on county roads and 45-50 miles per hour on city streets.
Eventually, deputies said King drove into a cul-de-sac in the 1900 block of Shaver Place in Hanford that required him to turn around in order to continue fleeing.
Officials said King intentionally drove toward the deputy to escape. They said the deputy tried to maneuver his vehicle away from the suspect’s vehicle, however, King drove straight at the deputy and rammed the deputy head on.
Upon seeing this, sheriff’s officials said a Hanford Police Department officer took action to stop the suspect by ramming his car.
Even after the pursuit was over, deputies said King continued to resist their efforts to arrest him.
Authorities said Kings was eventually arrested and transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Sheriff’s officials said King is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon and has an outstanding felony arrest warrant for a narcotic violation.