Fresno man sought after high-speed chase begins in North Fork

The search continues for a Fresno man who, on Friday, Nov. 21, led authorities on a high-speed car chase throughout Madera and Fresno Counties.

According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, authorities received a tip Friday afternoon that wanted fugitive Brandunn Wilson was traveling through North Fork driving a dark-colored SUV.

After locating a vehicle, which matched the description given to officers, deputies attempted to stop the driver near the Bass Lake Mini Mart of Road 200 in North Fork . When officers made contact, the car immediately accelerated to high speeds merging onto Highway 41.

The California Highway Patrol, including CHP’s aerial support H-40, assisted the Sheriff’s Department during the chase once the chase reached Avenue 12, north of Fresno.

Wilson, 20, is wanted on several outstanding felony warrants including vandalism, grand theft and avoiding police officers, was arrested in Coarsegold in February after eluding officers a month prior during a pursuit in North Fork.

Although the sheriff’s department could not confirm the driver was indeed Wilson, authorities are confident whoever they were chasing was wanted by police.

The chase which began in the early afternoon ended when the driver of the SUV, believed to be Wilson, crashed in to a pole near Ferris Avenue eventually escaping officers on foot.

The driver of the vehicle was last seen wearing an orange shirt, found by officers near the crash.

- Staff report