HANFORD — A man was found hiding in a backyard after taking sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through a Hanford neighborhood, deputies said.
On Friday around 8:15 a.m., officials said a Kings County Sheriff's deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 silver Ford Mustang in the area of 12th Avenue and Greenfield Avenue for driving with an expired registration.
Deputies said the driver of the vehicle, identified as 41-year-old Richard Saiz, sped away from them. Deputies said they began to chase Saiz’s Mustang as he headed east on Grangeville Boulevard at a high rate of speed.
Saiz ran a red light at over 90 mph as he traveled on Grangeville Boulevard through University Avenue, officials said. Saiz continued going east and ran another red light at Grangeville and 11th Avenue.
Authorities said deputies stopped chasing Saiz after he turned south onto Kaweah Street because he was driving dangerously and recklessly and deputies were concerned about the safety of the surrounding community.
Shortly after deputies stopped chasing Saiz, officials said a concerned citizen called the Hanford Police Department regarding a suspicious silver Ford Mustang that had parked in a driveway on the 400 Block of West Myrtle Street.
Authorities said the citizen told officers that the vehicle's driver, who matched Saiz's description, had run away from the car and began jumping backyard fences toward Elm Street.
Hanford police officers quickly arrived on scene and were able to establish a perimeter around the area Saiz was last seen in, sheriff’s officials said.
Authorities said sheriff's deputies and HPD officers began searching backyards and Saiz was found hiding in a yard in the 400 Block of Elm Street and was taken into custody. He was positively identified as the driver of the Mustang during the initial chase by deputies.
Officials said Saiz was on post release community supervision for domestic violence and was arrested on suspicion of a resisting arrest, reckless evading, probation violation and active no bail felony warrant.