High-speed chase ends in crash

A driver who allegedly fled the scene of a weekend checkpoint and led officers on a high-speed chase was arrested the next day after crashing his vechicle, according to Ridgecrest Police Department reports.

RPD?authorities reported that 24-year-old Michael Dale Bristow pulled into the checkpoint at around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, driving a Kia Optima. He apparently showed his license before driving off at a high speed. Officers said that driving conditions deterred the chase, and they obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On Monday detectives identified Bristow as the driver of a Mitsubishi Eclipse near Walmart at around 5:45 p.m. Detectives report attempting to contact the suspect when he sped away again. Bristow reportedly sped off on China Lake Boulevard in speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

The chase extended for 30 miles, with officers reporting the suspect’s repeated failure to heed traffic signals, lane markings and public safety.

Officers report that the chase ended when Bristow struck a concrete curb at the intersection of Triangle Drive and West Inyokern Road, disabling another vehicle in the process.

Bristow reportedly attempted to flee the scene on foot, accompanied by a 17-year-old female. The pair were apprehended at North Ewing Circle and taken into custody.

RPD?reports that Bristow had an outstanding felony warrant for possession of stolen property. He is charged with seven counts, including evading and resisting peace officers, hit and run, DUI, reckless driving and willful cruelty to a child.

He is being held at Bakersfield’s Central Receiving Facility in lieu of $77,500 bail.

Story First Published: 2014-06-18