BAKERSFIELD — A man wanted on sex offenses and a probation violation was arrested on Friday afternoon after crashing his vehicle while running from police.
Mario Mancha, 37, of Bakersfield, will be booked into the Kern County Jail on multiple charges ranging from possession of drugs, reckless driving, resisting arrest, parole violation and several sexually related offenses with a juvenile.
His bail will be set at $131,500.
According to the Bakersfield Police Department, Mancha’s arrest occurred at around 1:30 p.m. on February 6, after officers spotted him driving a vehicle in the area of Panorama Drive and River Boulevard in Bakersfield.
“Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle Mr. Mancha was driving, but he failed to yield,” said BPD Public Information Officer Joe Grubbs. “Initially the suspect drove away slowly, but then tried to speed away leading officers on a pursuit.”
According to officers, they followed Mancha, who after striking another vehicle at the intersection of “Q” and 34th Street, lost control of his vehicle, striking a light pole on the northwest corner.
Unhurt, Mancha crawled from the vehicle and ran away on foot before he was apprehended a short distance away by a police K9.
Mancha was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries as a result of the engagement with the police dog.
A subsequent search of the Mancha’s vehicle resulted in the recovery of a large amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as ammunition.
He will be booked for the outstanding warrants and additional narcotics and ammunition charges after he is released from the hospital.
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