Ridgecrest man arrested on drug charges

Vehicle pursuit ends in Tehachapi

A man was arrested Thursday morning following a pursuit in Tehachapi.

At about 1:30 a.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Tehachapi Substation, made contact with 27-year-old Michael Pate, in his vehicle at the Love’s Travel  Stop at 2000 E. Tehachapi Blvd.

During this investigation, deputies said Pate was on active probation. Pate refused to follow the deputies requests then immediately drove away from the scene, initiating a vehicle pursuit with the deputies, according to Deputy Douglas Wilson.

Wilson said that during the short pursuit, Pate threw approximately a half pound of methamphetamine from his vehicle.

The pursuit ended at Hwy. 58, exit 151, and E. Tehachapi Blvd.

Deputies said they found the discarded methamphetamine, along the roadway. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $2,500.

Pate, of Ridgecrest, was arrested and transported to the Kern County Jail where he was booked for the following charges:  possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine  for sales, transportation of methamphetamine, attempt to destroy evidence, evading a peace officer, and resisting a peace officer. His bail was set at $60,000.

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