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Friday, Nov 09 2012 09:21 PM

Tehachapi police injured while pursuing suspect

Adrian Pohl, 40, of Tehachapi, is sitting in the Kern County Sheriffs’ Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield on $78,500 bail, as he awaits his arraignment on Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. at the Kern County Superior Court Mojave branch.

Pohl, a parolee was booked into custody on Nov. 10 after injuring a Tehachapi police officer and sergeant on Friday when a he ntentionally struck and damaged their police vehicles while fleeing from a traffic stop.

He is facing charges of felony assault with a firearm on a peace officer, felony evading, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license in addition to his two outstanding warrants.

In a press release, Tehachapi Police Chief Jeff Kermode provided details of the incident that began Nov. 9 at 4:32 p.m. when a Tehachapi police officer attempted to make a traffic stop in the area of Charles Road and Adelante Road, just outside the Tehachapi city limits.

Kermode said the police officer had recognized the vehicle and driver from an incident earlier in the week and knew the driver had two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and was driving on a suspended driver’s license.

Instead of stopping, the driver sped off eastbound on Highline Blvd and continued to evade officers throughout the greater Tehachapi area.

At about 4:48 p.m., officers from the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit at the request of the Tehachapi Police Department. At about 5:03 p.m. after driving for several minutes on two flat tires, the suspect vehicle finally became stuck in a dirt field near the intersection of Dennison Road and Valley Blvd.

After initially refusing to comply with officers’ commands, the suspect was taken into custody by officers from the Mojave office of the California Highway Patrol, Kermode said.

During the pursuit, the driver intentionally struck and damaged two Tehachapi police cars on Tucker Road between Cherry Lane and Valley Boulevard. The officers driving each of those cars sustained minor injuries and were treated and released from Tehachapi Hospital.

The injured officers are Sergeant Kevin Empey and Senior Officer Scott Ketcham.

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