A Ridgecrest man was arrested in the early morning of Jan. 30 after Kern County Sheriff's deputies found he was in possession of $2,500 worth of methamphetamine.
Deputies with the KCSO made contact with 27-year-old Michael Pate around 1:28 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at Love's Travel Stop on 2000 E. Tehachapi Blvd.
According a news release, Pate quickly fled from the scene and initiated a vehicle pursuit with the Sheriff's deputies. During the pursuit, Pate threw a half pound of methamphetamine from his vehicle.
The pursuit quickly ended at Highway 58 and East Tehachapi Boulevard and deputies recovered the meth, the release states.
Pate was arrested on charges including possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of methamphetamine, attempting to destroy evidence, evading a peace officer, and resisting a peace officer.
His bail was set at $60,000, according to the release.