Man wanted in SLO County now faces numerous charges after fleeing Taft Police
Taft Police arrested a felony warrant suspect wanted in San Luis Obispo County early Tuesday morning after a high-speed chase that reached 100 miles per hour.
But the suspect, 30-year-old Geoffrey Ford, wasn't through trying to evade the law – even after his arrest. Now he faces even more charges after he damaged jail property and made a crude tool he used to pry open the door to his jail sell, according to Taft Police Lt. Pete Aranda.
Ford is wanted in SLO County in connection with a series of commercial burglaries and had a $200,000 warrant out for his arrest. Aranda said a patrolling Taft Police officer spotted Ford in a vehicle about 4:40 a.m. in the vicinity of General Petroleum Avenue and Crystal Street.
Once the officer confirmed it was Ford, he attempted a traffic stop but Ford drove off, trying to evade the officer through vacant land in the area. The pursuit went westbound to the area of Supply Row and Tenth Street, where other officers were responding.
Ford eluded them, then headed north on Tenth and onto North Lincoln north of Ford City. He drove at speeds of 100 miles per hour at times, Aranda said, with officers trailing and maintaining visual contact. They caught up with Ford near the intersection of Midway Road and North Lincoln where the suspcect’s car went off the road. Ford jumped out of the car and tried to run but surrendered to arriving officers and was arrested without incident.
A woman in the car was released without being charged.
Later, after being placed in a cell in the Taft jail, Aranda said Ford was able to fashion a tool with damaged jail property and pry open the door to his cell. He was arrested – again – just as he stepped out of his cell, Aranda said. Ford was taken to Kern County Superior Court in Lamont on Wednesday and faces numerous charges.
In connection with the pursuit, Ford faces a felony charge of evading arrest in a vehicle, driving in excess of 100 miles per hour, running stop signs and other vehicle code violations, and resisting arrest.
On top of all that, he also faces charges of vandalism, escape and possession of a weapon in jail – those charges stemming from the escape attempt.
In addition to the San Luis Obispo County warrant, Ford is also being held on a warrant out of Bakersfield charging him with burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest.
Not surprisingly, Ford is being held without bail.