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Sunday, May 26 2013 02:02 PM

Carjacking suspect drives through residential yards in futile attempt to evade arrest

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Two Shafter men were arrested on suspicion of carjacking and other felony charges Saturday evening after leading deputies on a dangerous high-speed chase through residential Bakersfield neighborhoods, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Sunday.

It was around 7:30 p.m. when a sheriff's deputy on patrol saw a vehicle speeding along Chester Avenue near Belle Terrace and attempted to stop it, authorities said in the release. The vehicle license came back as a vehicle that had been carjacked by a suspect armed with a knife in Shafter on Friday.

The driver attempted to elude capture by maneuvering at high speeds through residential streets, the release said. During the chase, the suspect drove through residential yards and at one point intentionally rammed a Sheriff's patrol vehicle causing moderate damage, according to the release. The deputy was not injured.

A short time later the vehicle stopped in an intersection and deputies arrested the two occupants, Nicholas Ybarra, 19, and Michael Ybarra, 21.

Both suspects were booked on charges of carjacking, felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. Their bail was set at $110,000 each.

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