DATE OF EVENT: August 18, 2022
TYPE OF EVENT: Motorcycle pursuit
LOCATION: 1600 N. China Lake Blvd.
CHARGES: (CVC) 2800.2 – Evade Peace Officer with wanton disregard
(CVC) 2800.4 – Evade Peace Officer on wrong side of road
(PC) 148.10(a) – Resist Peace Officer resulting in serious bodily injury
(PC) 422(a) – Criminal threats
(PC) 69 – Resist Peace Officer by force or threats
(CVC) 20002(a) (1) – Hit and run
SUSPECT: Lakota Giles- 22 year old Ridgecrest resident
On 08/18/2022, at approximately 2155 hours, RPD officers were dispatched to a gas station in the 1600 block of N. China Lake Blvd regarding a male causing a disturbance. While officers were on their way, the subject left the gas station on a motorcycle. Officers located the subject and he made a U-turn back towards an officers patrol vehicle. The rider, Lakota Giles, then rode at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of N. China Lake Blvd.
A pursuit ensued and Giles rode at speeds estimated to be between 100 MPH and 130 MPH southbound on N. China Lake Blvd. Giles rode to a shopping center in the 900 block of S. China Lake Blvd. A collision between Giles’ motorcycle and a patrol car occurred at S. China Lake Blvd. and S. College Heights Blvd. Giles escaped by riding up onto the sidewalk. Officers continued to chase Giles until he lost control on a dirt road and fled on foot. Officers tackled Giles and struggled with him before taking him into custody. Two of the officers were injured during the struggle.
Giles was transported to the Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield. Due to the extreme danger Giles presented to the public and officers, a bail enhancement was obtained on Giles. Giles was booked at CRF and is being held on a $1,000,000 dollar bail.
Jed McLaughlin, Chief of Police
PREPARED BY: Sergeant E. Hallmark