Suspected car thief crashes into fence, kidnaps woman in vehicle, forces her to drive

Man arrested


A late night pursuit through Bakersfield ended with a man being arrested and a kidnapping victim set free.

Bakersfield police officers said that at about 10:40 a.m. on Friday, a red Ford, F-350 pick-up truck was stolen from the area of Chester Avenue and 24th Street.

At about 12 p.m., Bakersfield police sergeant Love said he noticed the vehicle northbound in the 1500 block of Eye Street and followed the vehicle until marked units arrived to assist, in case of a vehicle pursuit.

When the marked patrol vehicle attempted a traffic stop, the driver, Maurice Ezell, 29, led officers on a short pursuit to the 1000 block of Brundage Lane where the vehicle collided with a residential back yard fence, officials said.

Ezell ran from the vehicle and leaped into a vehicle through an open passenger door window which was stopped for a red traffic signal light at Brundage Lane and P Street, officers said.

Ezell ordered the woman to drive and threatened to harm her if she did not comply, she told officers.

The woman drove to the 600 block of Q Street where the street dead ends. The woman stopped the vehicle and Ezell jumped out of the car and left.

Officers followed Ezell to a home in the 600 block of Q Court where he resisted arrest.

Ezell was taken to the Kern County Jail where he was booked on charges of auto theft, felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, carjacking, kidnapping, and resisting arrest.


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