The Bakersfield Police Department has arrested two men and one juvenile male for firearm and evading charges after the driver refused to pullover during a traffic stop.
The full release can be seen below:
On 04/28/2022 at about 2312 hours, while in the 100 block of Espee Street, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for vehicle code violations. The driver of the vehicle, ERIK GALVAN, failed to yield to officers and led officers on a vehicle pursuit through East Bakersfield. The vehicle pursuit concluded when GALVAN’s vehicle collided with a tree in the 2600 block of Oswell Street. GALVAN (25), JOSE ARAUSA (25), and a male juvenile occupant (16) of the vehicle were subsequently taken into custody.
As officers were handcuffing GALVAN they noticed he was bleeding from a minor gunshot wound to his right buttock. Investigation revealed a firearm was accidentally discharged by one of the two passengers within the suspect vehicle during the pursuit. Two loaded firearms were recovered during a search of the vehicle. GALVAN was transported to Kern Medical for treatment. All three occupants were arrested for firearm related charges, and GALVAN was arrested for evading officers in a vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327–7111.