Suspects turned off I-5 onto Copus Road, fled on foot into fields



By Doug keeler

Midway Driller Editor


A high-speed pursuit that started in the Los Angeles area late Thursday night ended with an arrest in the farmland east of Taft Friday morning.

The suspect was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers more than eight hours after the pursuit started.

He fled his vehicle on foot in the darkness and eluded officers until after daybreak Friday.

He was identified as Isaiah Villaolivo, 21 of Pasadena. He is being held on charges of felony evading police in a vehicle.

CHP officer Adam Taylor said officers don't know why the suspect fled from officers from the CHP's central Los Angeles area.

"He wasn't wanted, the car is his and it's not stolen. We don't know why he ran," Taylor said.

The pursuit went north on the I-5 from Los Angeles, through the San Fernando Valley and over the Grapevine into Kern County. Buttonwillow officers took over as they entered the county and successfully deployed spike strips, flattening all four tires.

The suspect exited on Copus Road and continued west bound until the road dead ends at Basic School. He drove through the farmland for a time before abandoning his 2017 Toyota Corolla and fleeing on foot into the dark fields.
He eluded officers in the darkness but was caught around 8:30 a.m.