BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On April 23, around 8 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit saw a vehicle driving recklessly in the area of Monica and Eucalyptus in east Bakersfield.
While deputies responded, the suspects jumped out of the car and got into a second car and fled the area. AIR1 followed them and watched as they jumped out of that car and ran into an apartment complex off of Fairfax Road.
The suspects then returned to the vehicle and fled again.
Deputies arrived and attempted to stop the vehicle, which led units on a high speed pursuit.
The pursuit was cancelled after the suspects began driving the wrong direction on Oswell St.
AIR1 continued to follow the suspects as they drove into the Walmart Market parking lot at E. Brundage Lane and Oswell St.
The suspects abandoned the car in the parking lot and ran into the store. One suspect hid in the store while the other ran out the back door.
AIR1 watched the suspect run out of the back door and directed deputies to his location. Deputies arrested him after a struggle. The second suspect was located in the store and arrested. Both vehicles the suspects were in were reported stolen.
The suspects, 23-year-old, Ronald Cooper and 28-year-old Garrett Tyler, were arrested and booked into the Central Receiving Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, evading and possession of burglary tools.