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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Two men arrested after pursuit, fight with deputies

  • Suspects tried to flee on foot after vehicle crashes
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  • Two men were arrested following a short vehicle pursuit, foot chase and struggle with Kern County Sheriff's deputies in Ford City Wednesday night.
    A news release from the KCSO gave this account:
    It started about 8:30 p.m. when deputies were sent to a home on the 100 block of Harrison Street on a peace disturbance call for the second night in a row.
    On Tuesday, deputies went to the home on a peace disturbance call.
    When they arrived, they learned a subject came to the home, pounding on the door of the home and yelling at the subjects inside. The subject who had been pounding on the door was not identified and fled in a green Ford Expedition before deputies arrived.
    Deputies were unable to locate this subject or the green Expedition at that time.
    8:30 pm, Taft deputies were sent to the same home on Harrison Street again on another peace disturbance call.
    When the deputies arrived, they saw a green Ford Expedition fleeing from the area and attempted to stop it.
    The driver, identified as Humberto Guzman, 25, of Taft, did not stop for the red lights and siren of the deputy.
    A short vehicle pursuit took place with Guzman running a stop sign and driving on the wrong side of the road at one point.
    The pursuit lasted 2-1/2 blocks and ended when Guzman lost control of his Expedition and it came to rest against a the bank of Sandy Creek near Ash and Tyler streets.
    Guzman and his passenger, Miguel Hernandez, 26, also of Taft, ran from the car in different directions.
    Guzman was taken into custody after resisting attempts to arrest him.
    Hernandez swung his fist at a deputy, but was taken into custody.
    The investigation revealed Guzman and Hernandez came to the home on Harrison to fight one of the occupants and were challenging the occupant to fight by shouting at the occupant to come out and fight before the deputies arrived.
    Guzman was booked into the Taft Jail for felony evading arrest in a vehicle, resisting arrest, conspiracy, challenging to fight, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.
    Hernandez was booked into the Taft Jail for resisting arrest with force or violence, resisting arrest, conspiracy, challenge to fight and public intoxication.
    The deputy who arrested Miguel Hernandez suffered scratches to his wrist.
    He treated the scratches with first aid and returned to work.

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