KCSO: Suspect leads CHP, BPD on 100 MPH chase to Arvin, back to Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and Bakersfield Police pursued a suspect in a high-speed chase at about 6 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff's deputies went to the 6900 block of Niles Street regarding a carjacking and kidnapping with a firearm that had just occurred. 

While deputies were talking to the victim, the California Highway Patrol located the vehicle on the road near Eucalyptus and Pioneer drives, officials said.

CHP attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to stop. CHP pursued the vehicle toward the City of Arvin, officials said.

The vehicle turned back toward Bakersfield and deputies took over the pursuit at the request of CHP.  In the ensuing pursuit, the driver, later identified as Jamie Gomez, 23, of Arvin, ran stop signs and stop lights and reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour, officials said.

The pursuit ended when Gomez lost control of the vehicle and ran into an orange tree near Breckenridge and Edison roads, officials said.

Gomez ran from the vehicle. The police helicopter located Gomez hiding in an orange tree, officials said.

Gomez resisted arrest.  Gomez was taken into custody with the assistance of a sheriff's canine, officials said.

Gomez received minor injuries and was treated and released from Kern Medical Center. 

Gomez was booked into the Central Receiving Facility on charges of carjacking, kidnapping, criminal threats, felony evading, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and resisting arrest.

Gomez also had an outstanding post supervised release warrant.  Gomez is being held without bail.

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