CHP: Man leads officers on high-speed pursuit with mom in car; pursuit nets 32 pounds of pot

Suspect sought by police

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - On April 9, at about 2 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer said he attempted to stop a Chrysler PT Cruiser (S/V) for a registration violation, southbound on SR-99 near Delano. 

CHP public information officer Robert Rodriguez said the man took off and led the officer on a chase of speeds of up to 95 mph.

The driver exited on Whisler Road and continued to flee westbound on Whisler Road, Rodriguez said.

The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Erik Swope, then traveled northbound on Garzoli Avenue and into an almond orchard. 

While fleeing in the almond orchard, Rodriguez said the man drove into an almond tree and took off.

After a thorough search of the area, Rodriguez said Swope, was not located. 

Patricia Lodor, Swope's mother, the right front passenger in the S/V, remained in the S/V and gave the officer Swope's information, Rodriguez said. 

Officers said they found two large duffel bags stuffed with 32 pounds of marijuana. 

Officers are still searching for Swope and a complaint will be filed with the Kern County District Attorney's Office for the above charges.

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