BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - When a suspected drunk driver didn't stop at a red light in East Bakersfield, a Kern County Sheriff's deputy said they tried to pull the driver over but instead the driver led the deputies on a chase.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, during the 90 mph chase at 11:00 p.m., officials said the vehicle drove into a fence that borders the canal on Akers Road.
According to officials, the driver repeatedly drove into the fence, trying to gain access to the canal. When the man was unable to get into the canal, officials said, he then turned the vehicle around and drove towards them.
A deputy said he was then forced to jump out of the way of the man's vehicle.
Deputies continued to chase the vehicle until it stopped at the dead end, in the 6900 block of Oak Forest Ct.
The man ran from the vehicle and jumped a fence into the back yard of a nearby home. Deputies said they followed the man as he entered the home through a rear sliding glass door, where he was arrested.
The suspected drunken driver, Raul Gomez, a 35-year-old from Bakersfield did not know the owners of the home. The owners were not home at the time of the break in.
Gomez was taken to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility where he was booked on charges of felony evading, assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, hit and run and DUI.