KCSO: Drunk driver leads deputies on high-speed chase

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A drunk driver tried to elude officers on a high-speed chase through east and south Bakersfield Saturday night, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies eventually caught up with the man, who was booked at Kern County Jail on multiple charges.

Kern County Sheriff's officials said that the incident started at around 11 p.m. Saturday when a driver ran a red light at the intersection of Potomac at Mt. Vernon Avenue.

A deputy pursuing in a patrol car with active sirens and lights said that the driver, later identified as Raul Gomez, 35, of Bakersfield, didn't pull over and instead sped off.

Officials said that the pursuit through east Bakersfield reached speeds of 90 mph. 

At one point, deputies said that Gomez tried to drive through the fence that separates Akers Road with a canal. As he was trying to drive through the fence, deputies parked a short distance away and exited their patrol cars.

Sheriff's officials said that Gomez then abandoned trying to get through the fence and turned his car around on the deputies. One deputy reported that he had to jump out of the way as Gomez sped past.

The patrol cars quickly resumed their pursuit until Gomez stopped at a cul-de-sac at the 6900 block of Oak Forest Court, in southwest Bakersfield.

Deputies said that the man ran from his car and jumped the fence of a nearby house and went inside though a rear sliding-glass door.

Sheriff's officials forced their way into the house and arrested Gomez. Deputies said that he was later evaluated for driving under the influence of alcohol and confirmed to have been intoxicated

He is being charged with felony evading, assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run and DUI.