Bakersfield man found hiding in bushes after high speed pursuit arrested

Pursuit lasted over 15 minutes through Oildale

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested a man Monday night after a pursuit through Bakersfield.

Deputies said that at about 8:15 p.m., they saw a white Chevy pickup truck traveling in the area of Buck Owens Boulevard and Riverside Drive in Bakersfield.

Officials said the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Bakersfield Police Department. Deputies followed the vehicle, waiting for additional units to arrive to conduct a stop.

Before backup units could arrive, officials said the driver, 26-year-old Shawn Hance began to accelerate into the Oildale area.

Officials said Hance continued driving in the OIldale area for over 15 minutes as deputies backed off and discontinued the pursuit for public safety concerns due to his driving pattern.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office helicopter assisted in monitoring the progress of the pursuit during the times the ground units backed off. Ultimately, deputies said Hance stopped in the area of Warren and North Chester avenues.

The passenger who was not identified and Hance abandoned the reported stolen vehicle and took off on foot.

Deputies said Hance was found hiding in the yard of a home in the 100 block of Cooper Drive. Hance was non-compliant and resisted arrest. He was taken into custody with the assistance of a Kern County Sheriff's Office K9 unit.

Hance was transported to the hospital for treatment of his dog bite.

When he is medically cleared, he will be booked into the Kern County Sheriff's Office Inmate Receiving Facility on the following charges: being in violation of the terms of his parole, reckless vehicular evading, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.

Officials said no citizens were injured as a result of the pursuit, but minor damage to an uninvolved vehicle was sustained when the stolen pickup truck struck it near the end of the pursuit.

The passenger was not located, but the investigation is ongoing.

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