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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Driver escapes after short pursuit

  • Truck was later reported stolen
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  • The driver of a truck later reported stolen eluded police after a short pursuit ended when the truck got struck in a field at the north edge of South Taft early Thursday morning.
    The chase started when a Taft Police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on an NTS work truck at 12:29 a.m. at Pico Street and General Petroleum Avenue.
    The vehicle failed to stop, then tried to evade officers, Lt. Pete Aranda said.
    The truck only went a short distance before it got stuck in a field northeast of Pico and General Petroleum ad the driver fled.
    Officers believe the suspect is a man but have no description.
    The truck was towed and stored.
    Aranda said police contacted NTS later in the day Thursday and the company alter field a stolen vehicle report with the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
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