Suspect caught evading arrest


News Review Staff Writer

Ridgecrest police officers apprehended a suspect Monday for reportedly evading arrest after they attempted to stop him for riding an off-highway vehicle on city streets.

Detective Kyle Cushman tried to contact suspect Paul Duff at about 1 p.m. for riding a dirt bike on city streets when Duff fled into the desert near the White Star Mine, according to an RPD press release. Officers responded and were able to set up a perimeter in the hills behind the mine.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management and California Highway Patrol personnel also responded to assist and searched on foot, finding the vehicle, but no Duff. According to the release, they eventually found him near the bike and he was arrested.

Duff was on post-release community supervision for previous infractions and was arrested for felony charges of evading arrest and a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license. According to Kern County Court records, he was also in possession of a controlled substance for sale.

His bail is set at $120,000 and his pre-preliminary hearing and bail review are scheduled for May 22, 10:30 a.m., in Ridgecrest.

Story First Published: 2018-05-18