On August 22, 2017, at approximately 2:03 p.m., a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy were on patrol in the area of Sycamore Drive and Maple Drive in the city of Wasco.
The deputy observed a sport utility vehicle (SUV) traveling in the area without a front bumper, without a front license plate, and without a hood.
The driver of the SUV was later identified as 28 year-old Noe Esquivel of Wasco.
The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the SUV at Sycamore Drive and Oak Avenue, but Esquivel failed to stop.
The deputy pursued Esquivel for approximately two minutes. There was little to no traffic, and no juvenile pedestrians were present.
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During the pursuit, speeds reached a maximum of 35 miles per hour. Esquivel eventually stopped the SUV in a driveway in the 1200 block of 11th Street.
Esquivel exited the SUV but resisted arrest when the deputy attempted to handcuff him.
A short struggle ensued, and additional deputies arrived on scene. The deputies managed to gain control of Esquivel and take him into custody.
During the investigation, deputies determined Esquivel was actually transporting three young children in the SUV during the pursuit. The children were not harmed during the incident.
Esquivel was arrested for resisting an executive officer, child endangerment, evading a peace officer, and numerous other vehicle code violations.