Man arrested after vehicle pursuit, striking police car

Adolfo Rivera Jr., arrested for 3 counts

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

A man was arrested after he led officers on a stolen car chase and struck the patrol car head on, Thursday night.

On Jan. 3rd, at about 10 p.m., a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a stolen vehicle on Kentucky Street in east Bakersfield.

The vehicle, which was reported stolen to the Bakersfield Police Department, failed to yield and the deputy began pursuing the vehicle.

After a short time, officials said the vehicle tried turning onto Eucalyptus Drive, but the driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Adolfo Rivera Jr., lost control and struck a dirt berm on side of the road, then spun out, bringing the vehicle to a stop.

The deputy stopped his vehicle and exited, standing behind his car door. Rivera then accelerated and struck the patrol vehicle head on with his car. The deputy fired, striking Rivera's windshield.

According to officials, Rivera then reversed the suspect vehicle, turned, and continued fleeing. The deputy re-entered his car and continued chasing Rivera's car.  Rivera, reportedly, turned north onto Park Drive and yielded at the intersection of Park Drive and Niles Street. The deputy was then able to take the suspect into custody without further incident.

Rivera was not struck by the deputy’s gunfire and was arrested for attempted murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, and evading a peace officer.

He was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The deputy involved in the shooting is identified as Senior Deputy Robert Reed. Senior Deputy Reed was not injured. He will be placed on administrative leave pending a review of the shooting incident.

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