On May 12, 2017, at about 3:17 a.m., while patrolling the area of Grand Avenue and Prince Streets, an Officer of the Clovis Police Department observed a blue in color vehicle whose tail lights weren’t functioning. The Officer attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the vehicle evaded the Officer and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The suspect vehicle fled south on Prince Street, crossed Brady Street, and drove through an alley onto Lockwood Drive. The vehicle was abandoned while it was still in motion, rolling into and striking a metal pole in the 1700 block of South Prince Street. Officers set a perimeter and conducted a registration check of the vehicle, learning it had been reported stolen on May 11, 2017 from the 1300 block of South Oak Street.
Officers, including the Clovis Police Department K9 handler and his Police Service Dog (PSD) Leo, responded to the area. Based on the event, after giving announcements over a vehicle public address system, the K9 Team was deployed with a cover Officer in effort to track the people who ran from the stolen car. PSD Leo followed a scent to a residence in the 100 block of Lockwood Drive. The K9 Team located Alberto Hernandez (26 years of age) hiding in a pile of tumbleweeds along the side of the residence. PSD Leo was utilized to extract Alberto Hernandez who was then taken into custody. Alberto Hernandez was taken to a Clovis Fire Department ambulance to be treated for his injuries.
Officers and the K9 Team continued their track locating Patrick Terrazas (20 years of age) in the back yard of another residence next to a shed, in the 100 block of Lockwood Drive. Officers gave Patrick Terrazas verbal commands to get on the ground and he immediately complied. Terrazas was handcuffed and taken into custody without incident. Officers located a 9mm pistol underneath the shed next to where Terrazas was arrested.
Alberto Hernandez was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. Alberto Hernandez was subsequently transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center and was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle (4th degree felony), Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer (4th degree felony) and Resisting Evading or Obstructing an Officer (misdemeanor).