BLM chase ends in crash, arrest

BLM chase ends in crash, arrestA vehicle driven by a suspect who was apparently fleeing from a Bureau of Land Management ranger collides with a light pole on China Lake Boulevard, adjacent to the ongoing Farmers’ Market — Courtesy photo

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By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

A brief chase on Saturday afternoon resulted in an accident at the intersection of College Heights and China Lake boulevards after a suspect reportedly attempted to flee a pursuing Bureau of Land Management ranger.

The BLM field offices no longer have public information representatives, and Sacramento’s Public Information Officer Sarah Webster could not confirm details while the incident is under investigation.

According to eyewitnesses from the nearby farmers’ market, the unnamed female driver of a gold Toyota Camry came down College Heights Boulevard, followed by a BLM off-road vehicle. The Toyota’s driver failed to turn left onto South China Lake Boulevard and crashed into the traffic light pole adjacent to Jack In The Box.

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to assist BLM. According to Sgt. Aaron Tucker, the driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for injuries. A passenger in the Toyota also sustained injuries.

Kern County Fire Department personnel also assisted during the incident. Further information about charges and court dates was not available at press time.

Story First Published: 2019-03-22