Man Arrested for Multiple Vehicle Pursuits, Drugs and Weapons Charges

Man Arrested for Multiple Vehicle Pursuits, Drugs and Weapons Charges

The Bakersfield Police Department has taken a man into custody after he had previously led them on two dangerous vehicle pursuits.

The full release can be seen below:

On January 30th, at 6:30 PM, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department conducted a vehicle stop at South Union Avenue and Fairview Road on a vehicle wanted in connection with two previous felony evading offenses which occurred on January 8th, 2022. During those two previous offenses, officers attempted to conduct vehicle stops on the vehicle; however, it failed to yield, leading officers on dangerous vehicle pursuits that were ultimately canceled due to the driver’s disregard for public safety. Based upon the investigation into the two prior vehicle pursuits, the driver had been identified as Billy Thompson (47) of Bakersfield, a non-violent AB 109 early release offender.

During the January 30th vehicle stop, Thompson was taken into custody with no incident. A search incident to arrest revealed cocaine base, Fentanyl, and unregistered firearms. Thompson was placed under arrest for felon in possession of firearms, gang participation, possession of a controlled substance for sales, speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour and other charges associated with the January 8th vehicle pursuits.

Thompson was transported and booked into the Kern County Jail.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.