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Friday, Oct 05 2012 06:38 PM

Man arrested after car chase, forcing woman to drive him

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A man was arrested Friday morning after a car chase that at one point involved the suspect running from the car he was driving and leaping into someone else's through the window, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release.

Maurice Ezell, 29, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, felony evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, carjacking, kidnapping and resisting arrest.

At about 10:40 a.m., a Ford F-350 pick-up truck was reported stolen from the area of Chester Avenue and 24th Street. A little before noon, Bakersfield Police Sgt. Orbin Love saw the truck in the 1500 block of Eye Street. He called for marked police cars to come help and followed the truck until they arrived.

When the marked cars tried to stop the truck, Ezell allegedly led the officers on chase through the 1000 block of Brundage Lane, according to the news release. The car Ezell was driving crashed into a house's backyard fence, so he started running away.

He then allegedly jumped into a woman's car through the open passenger door window while she was stopped at a red light, according to the news release. He threatened the woman and ordered her to drive. She did so until the 600 block of Q Street, where the road dead ends.

Ezell fled, and officers followed him until the 600 block of Q Court. There, Ezell allegedly resisted arrest, according to the news release.

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