Deputies led on wild chase in East Bakersfield

Pursuit reached speeds of 90 mph

BAKERSFIELD - A suspected drunken driver led Kern County Sheriff deputies on a late night chase in East Bakersfield.  It’s a pursuit that reached speeds of 90 miles per hour and finally ended in a residential neighborhood, officials said.

Deputies with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said they attempted to pull over Raul Gomez after allegedly failing to stop for a red light at the intersection of Potomac Ave and Mt. Vernon, but instead of stopping, Gomez led deputies on a pursuit, officials said.

“It was crazy.  You don’t see that down here on the street so, it was something else,” said Albert Salinas, who lives in the neighborhood where the pursuit ended.

The pursuit continued to southwest Bakersfield and into a residential neighborhood where it eventually ended, officials told 23ABC news. 

Investigators said Gomez ran from his vehicle and into one of the homes.

“A bunch of cops just pulled up and lights were going off and they all had their guns drawn,” he said.

It’s a scene neighbors say looked just like a movie.

“They were talking loud, the helicopter was over head shining the light and they were all around the house and looking through the window.  They were at the front door. They started out yelling for him, they were doing their job,” said Salinas.

The house, deputies say Gomez broke into was empty.  Neighbors said it use to belong to a woman who had recently passed.

“Yeah, I went around and made sure everything was locked, I didn’t want anybody coming into my house,” he said.

Authorities said Gomez found a way in the house through a rear entrance and he was later taken into custody.

“I was a little concerned with what was going on, you know there was a lot of activity so, it’s a big concern because I have my kids in the house,” he said.

Luckily no one was hurt in this incident.  Gomez is being charged with felony evading, assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, hit and run and DUI.

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