On Jan. 7, 2014, at about 7:15 a.m., Bakersfield police officer Peery said she observed a speeding vehicle westbound on Columbus St. in the 1200 block.
Peery said she pulled the vehicle over to issue a traffic citation. But when she exited her vehicle, the driver of the vehicle sped away.
The driver, Cinthia Rizo, 30 of Bakersfield, continued westbound Columbus St. running the red light at River Blvd. where she struck a north bound vehicle described as a black Chevrolet Cobalt, officers said.
The force of the collision pushed the Cobalt into the light standard knocking the light down and causing the Cobalt to catch fire, officers said.
Rizo was taken into custody at the scene of the collision.
Both Rizo and the driver of the Cobalt complained of pain and were transport to an area hospital for treatment.
The vehicle Rizo was operating was reported stolen out of county jurisdiction, officers said.
Rizo was arrested on charges of grand theft auto, possession of stolen property, speeding, resisting arrest and two felony warrants for narcotics related charges.
Rizo is on AB109 California Prison Realignment probation.
The intersection of Columbus and River was not closed however; traffic was congested for a short time. Kern County traffic engineers responded to repair the light standard.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.