Shawn Kozlowski sentenced for false imprisonment and evading police


The Taft teenager who pleaded no contest to charges from a police pursuit with two unwilling passengers was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday.

Shawn Kozlowski had entered the no contest pleas to charges of felony false imprisonment with violence and misdemeanor evading police on Sept. 19.

He was arrested by Taft Police on Sept. 9 after a pursuit through Taft and Ford City that ended on the west end of Irene Street.

When Kozlowski surrendered to police, officers contacted two young women in the car who said thy had accepted a ride from the suspect but found they weren't being taken where they wanted to go.

When they objected, Taft Police said, Kozlowski replied "'You're going to go where I take you," Chief of Police Ed Whiting said and the women started resisting.

A police officer saw Kozlowski's car speeding and attempted to make a traffic stop.

Kozlowski sped away, leading to the pursuit, police said.

He was originally charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of false imprisonment and using victims for shields, felony evading officers and driving without a license but those counts were dropped in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Kozlowski, 18 was given credit for 81 days time served - 41 days actually served and 40 days good time - and his expected release date is March 17, 2017, according to the Kern County Sheriff's jail website.

He was also fined $440 according to the court.