Defendant accused of leading Taft Police on 100-mile-per-hour pursuit

The felony warrant suspect arrested after an early-morning 100-mile-per-hour chase through Taft a week ago pleaded no contest to felony evading police in a vehicle Wednesday. Geoffrey Ford also pleaded no contest to unrelated burglary charges filed in June in Bakersfield.

Ford was arrested but failed to appear at his arraignment.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in both cases on Sept. 5.

Ford still has other criminal charges he is facing in San Luis Obispo County where there is a $200,000 warrant out for multiple burglary counts.

Ford was arrested by Taft Police at the end of a high-speed pursuit that started about 4:40 a.m. in the vicinity of General Petroleum Avenue and Crystal Street when a Taft Police officer saw Ford in a car and tried to make a traffic stop.

Ford fled, starting a pursuit that ended up several miles away near North Lincoln and Midway Road when Ford's vehicle ran off the road.