Arrest after stolen vehicle suspect rams deputy’s vehicle


On April 6, 2020, at 2:40pm, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a subject tracking his stolen vehicle in 6100 block of Niles Street in Bakersfield.

Deputies located the vehicle occupied by three subjects, two men and one woman. One man in the vehicle tried to flee on feet, and was caught by deputies.

The driver of the vehicle then fled, attempting to strike two deputy’s patrol vehicles, before striking a third. During the pursuit, the suspect let the female out of vehicle. She has yet to be located.

The suspect led deputies on a five-minute pursuit through East Bakersfield, before crashing into an unoccupied, parked vehicle in the 2600 block of Mcnutt Street.

The suspect then ran away, running into a stranger’s home and backyard, and began jumping fences into other residents’ yards.

Deputies captured and arrested 28-year-old Jose Ruiz, who will be booked for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, vehicle theft, evading, resisting arrest.