TEHACHAPI — A 27-year-old felon on probation was arrested early Thursday morning after leading police on high speed pursuit through the streets of Tehachapi.
Michael Pate of Ridgecrest, was booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sales, transportation of methamphetamine, attempt to destroy evidence, evading a peace officer and resisting arrest.
His bail has been set at $60,000.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when deputies from the Tehachapi substation made contact with a Pate at the Love’s Travel Stop located at 2000 E. Tehachapi Blvd. at around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 30.
“At that time deputies discovered the suspect was on active probation, ” said Sergeant Douglas Wilson. “The suspect then refused to follow requests from the deputies and drove away from the scene, initiating a vehicle pursuit.
During the pursuit, deputies said that Pate threw approximately a half pound of methamphetamine from his moving vehicle, before coming to a stop on Highway 58, at East Tehachapi Boulevard.
“Upon further investigation, deputies were able to locate $2,500 of discarded methamphetamine along the roadway,” Wilson said.
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