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Wasco 19-year-old leads KCSO on foot pursuit, ends in arrest

KCSO body camera damaged during pursuit
Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Patrol Car (FILE)
Posted at 4:50 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 19:50:40-05

WASCO, Calif. — A 19-year-old from Wasco allegedly led KCSO deputies on a foot pursuit that ended in an arrest on Sunday.

According to KCSO, on Friday, January 18, Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP) Deputies learned 19-year-old Aaron Garcia of Wasco had removed his electronic monitoring device from his person. KCSO says Garcia was in "virtual custody" for vehicle theft and possessing a stolen vehicle. After discovering he had removed his monitoring device, deputies obtained a felony arrest warrant.

On Sunday, January 20 around 1:30 p.m., deputies from the Wasco City Substation located Garcia walking near Broadway and 7th Street and told him he was under arrest. Garcia allegedly failed to submit to the arrest and ran away. Deputies began following him as Garcia jumped into the backyard of a residence in the 900 block of Oak Avenue. KCSO says a civilian at the residence chased Garcia from the property. Deputies were later able to apprehend Garcia without incident.

Garcia was booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility for his arrest warrant as well as open charges of resisting arrest, vandalism, and escape.

During the chase, a pursuing deputy’s body worn camera (BWC) disconnected from his uniform and sustained significant damage. KCSO sasy the body camera will cost approximately $1500 to replace.