Wanted Parolee Arrested After Pursuit Print
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Monday, 09 April 2012 13:06

Fresno County - Sheriff Margaret Mims today announced the arrest of a transient after leading deputies on a vehicle pursuit through central Fresno.  Arrested was 36 year old John Xavier Hansson.

The incident occurred this past Saturday morning when deputies were advised to be on the lookout for a black, 2006 Chevy Trailblazer stolen earlier in the City of Fresno.  Minutes later, deputies were advised that police were pursuing the stolen vehicle.  The police pursuit was cancelled and deputies again started looking for the vehicle.


Shortly before 6:30am, deputies spotted the stolen Trailblazer driving in the area of Shields & Maroa.  Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle but it failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit lasted for over ten minutes through city and county streets at speeds of over 70 mph.  The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Hansson, failed to stop at several stop signs and red lights, and drove in the opposite lanes of traffic in an effort to get away.

The stolen vehicle eventually had engine problems and was forced to stop near the intersection of Fruit & Garland.  Hansson refused deputies commands to exit the vehicle and, because of the tinted windows, deputies were unable to see what he was doing.

Deputies deployed a bean bag round and shattered the rear window of the vehicle.  Hansson immediately became cooperative, exited the vehicle, and was taken into custody.

Hansson was later booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property, felony evading, and parole violations.