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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Brothers plead no contest to theft, evading arrest charges

  • Men caught after car chase that ends on 36 Hill
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    Two bothers from Taft pleaded no contest to charges stemming from a their arrest at the end of a vehicle pursuit that led to a late night air and ground search on 36 Hills earlier this year.
    The pair was linked to the theft of copper wire after their arrests.
    Robert Allen Gutschlag. 43, and his brother Denny lee Gutschlag, 47, were arrested in February when their car crashed on 36 Hill after a pursuit involving Kern County Sheriff's deputies
    Robert Gutschlag pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft and resisting arrest last week in Kern County Superior Court in Lamont.
    Denny Gutschlag pleaded no contest to a felony count of reckless evasion of a police officer in a motor vehicle.
    According to Sheriff's reports, a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop about 3 a.m. on Feb. 12 in the Ford City area,
    the car sped up and led deputies on a chase through Ford City, then onto Highway 119 and subsequently onto dirt roads on 36 Hill.
    The vehicle crashed on a dirt road and both suspects fled, deputies said at the time,
    Robert Gutschlag surrendered after a short foot chase, but Denny Gutschlag hid and deputies with police dogs were called in to help with the search,
    He was located a short time later hiding in the brush about 50 yards from where the car stopped.
    A subsequent search of their home led to the discovery of spools of copper wire believed to have been stolen in the Buttonwillow area.
    The men are both being held in Kern County Jail.
    The are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 12.
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