A Taft man has been arrested on several counts of assault with a deadly weapon and other felony charges after he allegedly used his vehicle to ram a delivery truck several times, threaten the driver, impersonate an officer and then led Taft Police and Kern County Sheriff's deputies on a vehicle chase that went nearly a mile.
It ended with the arrest of the suspect after a brief yard-to-yard search on the 100 block of Pierce Street.
Deputies said the bizzarre behavior came from a suspect under the influence of a controlled substances.
"We believe this was drug induced," Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Martin Downs.
The events started unfolding in the 800 block of North Lincoln Street just after noon.
Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Martin Downs said the suspect, later identified as Anthony Green, 33, was stopping in traffic lanes on North Lincoln when a delivery truck pulled up.
Green got out, identified himself a a police officer, Downs said, then got into his vehicle, a Ford Aerostar minivan, and backed into the delivery vehicle.
He then drove forward, turned around, and rammed the side of her vehicle, Down said.
The delivery driver, a female whose name was not released, drove away and flagged down another motorist, also a delivery driver.
Green drove back to where the victim now and rammed her car again, then got out of his vehicle and tried to open the door to the truck, again identifying himself as a police officer and threatening the woman.
By this time Taft Police and deputies were arriving on scene and Green got back into his van and drove away with officers in pursuit.
The chase ended in the 100 block of Pierce Street when the van was abandoned in the rear of a yard in the west alley of Pierce.
Officers set up a perimeter and began to search.
Green came out into a yard off of Ash Street, where two Taft officers contacted him and took him into custody.
Downs said Green will be charged with several counts of assault with a deadly weapon, impersonating a police officer, criminal threats and felony evading arrest in a vehicle.
The delivery driver was not injured, Downs said.