2 Taft men were arrested after trying to fight a man at his home

2 arrested after short vehicle chase

TAFT, Calif. -  

Two men were arrested in Taft after trying multiple times to fight a man at his home Wednesday night.

On Nov. 20, deputies from the Sheriff’s Taft Substation said they went to a peace disturbance call in the 100 block of Harrison Street in Ford City outside of Taft. 

When they arrived, officials said they learned a person came to the home, pounding on the door of the home and yelling at the residents inside. 

The subject who had been pounding on the door was not identified and fled in a green Ford Expedition before deputies arrived. 

Deputies said they were unable to locate the man or the green Expedition on Tuesday.

On Nov. 21, at about 8:30 pm, Taft deputies said they were sent to the same home on Harrison Street again on another peace disturbance call. 

When the deputies arrived, they said they saw a green Ford Expedition leaving the area and tried to stop it. 

The driver, Humberto Guzman, a 25-year-old resident of Taft, did not stop for the red lights or patrol car siren. 

Officials said a short vehicle pursuit took place with Guzman running a stop sign and driving on the wrong side of the road at one point. 

The pursuit lasted about 3 blocks and ended when Guzman lost control of his Expedition and it stopped against a canal bank. 

Officials said Guzman and his passenger, Miguel Hernandez, a 26-year-old resident of Taft, ran from the car in different directions. 

Guzman was taken into custody after resisting arrest. 

Hernandez swung his fist at a deputy, but was also arrested. 

After investigating, officials said Guzman and Hernandez came to the home on Harrison to fight one of the occupants and were challenging the occupant to fight by shouting at the occupant to come out and fight.

Guzman was booked into the Taft Jail for felony evading, resisting arrest, conspiracy, challenging to fight, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

Hernandez was booked into the Taft Jail for resist arrest with force or violence, resisting arrest, conspiracy, challenge to fight and public intoxication.

The deputy who arrested Miguel Hernandez suffered scratches to his wrist.  He treated the scratches with first aid and returned to work.

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