BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Kern County Sheriff's deputy escaped injuries after officials say a fleeing suspect slammed into his patrol unit.
The pursuit started on May 5, 2013 at 7:50 p.m. when a deputy, driving a marked Sheriff’s patrol car, was stopped for the signal light at the intersection of Riverlakes Drive and Olive Drive. Officials say a compact truck, driven by Evan Sherlock, 21, struck the deputy’s patrol car and fled the scene.
The deputy wasn't injured and started a pursuit with Sherlock over several streets in Northwest Bakersfield. The chase continued onto southbound Hwy. 99 and lasted approximately 30 minutes.
The pursuit came to an end on southbound Hwy. 99 just south of Hwy. 166, after officers from the California Highway Patrol deployed spike strips to disable Sherlock’s vehicle. Sherlock ran from his vehicle and deputies say he resisted arrest before being taken into custody.
Sherlock will be booked in to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, evading a peace officer, hit and run, assault on a peace officer, and numerous vehicle code violations.