WASCO — Two men that led deputies on a pursuit through the streets of Wasco on Monday are behind bars.
Both were booked into the Kern County Jail.
Carlos Guadalupe Torres-Samano was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, and Juan Alvarado for evading a peace officer, possessing narcotics for sales, possessing a controlled substance for sales, transporting a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and fleeing the scene of an accident.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a blue Chevy Impala in the area of Poplar Avenue and 4th Street in Wasco on March 24.
“When the deputy approached the vehicle, the suspects fled the scene,” Ray Pruitt, spokesperson for the sheriff’s department said. “The deputy did have time however, to recognized the driver as Juan Alvarado, who had two outstanding felony warrants out for his arrest.”
Pruitt said a vehicle pursuit ensued through the streets of downtown Wasco, then through almond orchards and pistachio orchards, onto westbound Highway 46, and eventually back into the city.
The pursuit ended when Alvarado crashed his vehicle.
Alvarado and his passenger Torres-Samano, then jumped from the vehicle and fled the scene of the crash, leading deputies on a short foot pursuit, before being taken into custody near Palm Avenue School.