BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A brief police pursuit of a vehicle whose driver refused to stop for a traffic violation has three people under arrest.
The chase started just before 4 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Planz and Stine roads.
The driver of the Mitsubishi failed to stop for a traffic violation, according to Michaela Beard with the Bakersfield Police Department.
The suspect vehicle averaged speeds of 45 mph, blasting through business parking lots and driving the wrong way on Wilson Road near Actis Jr. High. At that point, officers called off the pursuit but continued to follow the vehicle.
One of the suspects, who police said was the driver, jumped out and ran after the Mitsubishi speeding through the Toys 'R' Us parking lot on Ming Avenue. Two others were arrested in a neighborhood just west of the PetsMart store on El Dorado Avenue, where the vehicle finally stopped.
The driver, identified as Jose Gutierrez, ran through the FoodMaxx grocery store and was arrested as he came out the back door.
Gutierrez faces charges of evading, conspiracy and had three felony warrants. Gilbert Holguin faces charges of resisting arrest, conspiracy and violating probation. Police said he is an AB109 offender, meaning he'd been released from jail early under the state's prison realignment plan. And
Charity Knapp faces charges for possession of methamphetamine, narcotics paraphernalia and transportation of methamphetamine.