Two arrested for felony evasion

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Two arrested for felony evasion A Ridgecrest man and woman have been arrested on multiple charges after evading arrest by Ridgecrest Police officers on July 25.

Officers Ron Bell and Tom Dilley were attempting to locate a parolee, 32-year-old Moonshadow Taggart, in the 4500 block of West Stark Avenue. As they approached her residence, a tan-colored Hyundai sped away from the residence, darting between the two officers and fleeing the scene.

Officer Dilley recognized the driver as Robert Klopstein, who is on post-release community supervision. The officers pursued Klopstein, who reportedly continued to accelerate, leading officers on a high-speed chase.

The officers pursued Klopstein on several streets, dirt roads and Highway 395, where speeds approached 100 miles per hour. Officers report that at one point during the pursuit, Klopstein sideswiped the pursuing police vehicle, causing minor damages to both vehicles.

Klopstein then allegedly turned northbound from Highway 395 to South China Lake Boulevard, approaching more populated areas within the city.

Officers reported deploying Stop Sticks in an effort to flatten the suspect’s tires and prevent him from endangering the public. However, Klopstein allegedly avoided the deterrent and turned onto Monache Street. The pursuit continued onto the dirt extension of Springer Avenue.

Officers intercepted Klopstein’s vehicle near the intersection of Spring Avenue and Brady Street. Taggart was inside the vehicle, and both she and Klopstein were arrested. A search of the vehicle yielded a large amount of controlled-substance paraphernalia.

Both suspects were booked into Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield, where they are being held on charges of felony evasion of an officer, reckless driving and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Story First Published: 2013-07-31