OILDALE — A 28-year-old robbery suspect is behind bars after leading police on a high-speed pursuit through the streets of a northeast Bakersfield community on Monday.
Andrew Craig Morgan of Bakersfield was booked into the Kern County Jail for various charges, including felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading, resisting arrest and an existing felony arrest warrant for robbery. His bail is set at $95,000.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when a deputy tried to stop Morgan, who was driving a grey Saturn VUE in the area of Lincoln Avenue and California Street in Oildale at around 10:45 p.m. on Jan. 24. However, when the deputy flashed his emergency lights and sounded his siren, Morgan fled.
During the ensuing pursuit Morgan evaded the deputy by running stop signs and stop lights before the pursuit ended when he lost control of the vehicle and ran into a PG&E power pole, snapping it in two. “The suspect then ran from the vehicle and fought with deputies before being taken into custody with the assistance of a canine unit,” Sheriff’s spokesperson Ray Pruitt said. “The suspect did receive some minor injuries.” Morgan was transported, treated and released from Kern Medical Center at short time later.
Upon further investigation of the incident, sheriff’s detectives determined that Morgan was wanted had an outstanding an arrest warrant for robbery at the Chase Bank in Oildale on Jan. 23, 2014.
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