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Monday, Nov 26 2012 11:48 AM

Thanksgiving Day police pursuit

Following a Nov. 9 chase that damaged two patrol cars and injured two officers, the Tehachapi Police Department has been involved in another vehicle pursuit.

This time, according to a press release from Chief Jeff Kermode, the 22-minute chase ended without incident to officers when the driver, 20-year old Antonio Juvetino Calderon, lost control of his 2005 Dodge Stratus at S. Mill and “H” streets on Thanksgiving Day.

After fleeing from the vehicle on foot, Calderon, and his 35-year old passenger Frederico Sanchez Garcia Jr., both of Tehachapi, were apprehended and booked into a Kern County jail.

Calderon, a parolee, is being held on $68,658 bail and is scheduled to be in court on Nov. 27 facing charges of felony evading an officer, driving into opposing traffic while evading, felony threats toward an officer, and resisting an officer.

Garcia faces charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and resisting an officer.

The pursuit began at 11:40 a.m. when police attempted to make a traffic stop on eastbound Valley Blvd, east of Tucker Road, but instead of stopping, Calderon went through the Fast Trip parking lot and fled northbound on Tucker.

The chase continued westbound on Red Apple into the county area, returning to the city before coming to an end at approximately 11:52 a.m.

Along with the pursuit related charges, officers found a substantial amount of property in the vehicle, which they believe to be stolen.

The items include a Yamaha keyboard, a Lionel railroad clock, a Black & Decker Weed Hog, an Echo leaf blower, and miscellaneous stereo equipment.

Anyone who is missing similar property is asked to call the Tehachapi Police Department at (661) 822-2222.

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