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PORTERVILLE — California Highway Patrol officers arrested a Hanford man Friday on suspicion of evading a police officer and possessing a stolen vehicle.

At 8:17 a.m., the CHP received a report of a stolen vehicle near Avenue 308 and Road 64. 

The vehicle was a white 2014 Ford truck and was soon spotted by CHP units east of Tipton.

Then the chase began.

CHP dispatched air operations while trying to complete a traffic stop on the ground. The Ford F-250 did not stop for the CHP ground units, so CHP and Tulare County Regional Auto Theft Task Force pursued the car into Woodville heading toward the elementary school.

CHP canceled the pursuit for the safety of the community and children while officers in the air continued to monitor the Ford.

The chase picked up again on State Route 190 headed toward Porterville.

CHP again canceled the ground pursuit when the truck got to Porterville, but kept air surveillance of the truck.

The suspect, Mitchel Ray Cantwell, pulled into Vallarta Supermarket on Olive Avenue, exited the Ford and ran into the market, the CHP report said.

CHP and TRATT units arrived and entered the market to advise customers and workers to exit the market through the front entrance.

Cantwell, 32, exited through the back of the store and was detained by a Porterville police officer who was waiting there.

CHP and TRATT units then took Cantwell into custody.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or chelsea.shannon@lee.net.

News Reporter

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