An early morning chase that started in Ford City and ended up in the oilfields north of town led to the arrest of four people, including two brother who were in the Cadillac that led Kern County Sheriff's deputies and Taft Police in the pursuit.
Two others were arrested as a result of the follow-up investigation. The investigation is continuing, but deputies from the Taft and Buttonwillow substations believe they have linked the brothers to at least two thefts in western Kern County.
The chain of events started just before 3 a.m. Tuesday when a deputy tried to make a car stop on Cadillac sedan with no license plates, Sgt. Martin Downs said.
The car, with a male driver and second male as a passenger failed to stop, and instead fled “at a high rate of speed with unsafe maneuvers” through Ford City then north into the oilfields off of Harrison St near Highway 119.
The deputies pursued the car into the oilfields, then saw a large cloud of dust and found the car had crashed and both suspects were gone.
One suspect, later identified as Robert Allan Gutschlag, 42 ran to the top of a hill with deputies in pursuit then surrendered.
The second suspect, his brother, Denny Lee Gutschlag, 46, temporarily evaded the officers in the fields, but two deputies from Metro Bakersfield arrived with police dogs and one of the dogs soon found him hiding in the brush about 50 yards from where the car had crashed.
Robert Gutschlag was charged with reckless evading, possession of stolen property and obstruct/resist peace officer.
Denny Gutschlag, believed to be the driver of the Cadillac, was charged with resisting a peace officer, felony reckless evading in a vehicle, obstruct/resist peace officer, drive without license and possession of stolen property.
Later, deputies conducted a probation search at their home and located several large wooden spools of copper wire and other items believed to have been stolen.
Two more people were arrested
Sandra Mobley was charged with possession of stolen property, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools
Roy Dorman was charged with possession of a dagger, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
Deputies from the Buttonwillow substation linked some of the material to a theft from the Buttonwillow land and cattle Company, Downs said.