Suspect accused of hitting officer arrested after citywide chase

Suspect accused of hitting officer arrested after citywide chase

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A 21-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly striking a Bakersfield police officer with his SUV and then leading Kern County deputies on a chase through much of the city.

Michael Mickelson allegedly hit an officer with his Toyota RAV4 in a parking lot in the area of Calloway Drive and Hageman Road. Details of that confrontation were withheld.

Police broadcast information regarding a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, the sheriff's office said. Minutes later, deputies spotted a vehicle matching the suspect's SUV, so they tried to pull the driver over.

The driver, later identified as Mickelson, didn't stop and allegedly led deputies on a chase that ended in the 2600 block of Fremont Street, about 9 miles from the initial incident.

Mickelson kept running after ditching the SUV, but he was nabbed with the help of a sheriff's dog, according to the sheriff's office.

Mickelson is currently in police custody.