Arbolada site of police pursuit
by Lenny Roberts
An 18-year-old Ojai man was arrested Saturday night following
what authorities described as a dangerous pursuit down Ojai Avenue
and through the Arbolada that ended when a deputy forced the
suspect's 1980 blue Mercedes off the road in the 200 block of
Cameren Brand Kahler was taken into custody and charged with
brandishing a weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest
and driving on a suspended license, according to the police report.
Also arrested was Kahler's passenger, a 16-year-old juvenile
charged with possession of controlled substances - a hydromorphone
pill, an opiate alkaloid - and a small amount of marijuana. The
juvenile was cited and released to parental custody pending a
Sheriff's Sergeant Ken Edling said the incident began when Kahler
flagged down a sheriff's 4X4 patrol unit in the post office parking
lot at 9:16 p.m., claiming that he had been injured when another
man had earlier punched him in the face in front of Bill Baker's
on East Ojai Avenue.
After telling the deputy that he intended to drive himself to
seek medical attention, Kahler allegedly drove recklessly out
of the parking lot onto Signal Street and westbound on Ojai Avenue.
The report states that two police cars then followed Kahler as
he drove in a dangerous and hazardous manner before the deputies
attempted to pull him over in the area of Rincon Street and El
Paseo Road. At that point, Edling said that Kahler pulled out
a silver pistol, which deputies later learned was a toy, and
brandished it at them before he fled on to Foothill Road and
through the Arbolada, speeding past stop signs and narrowly missing
trees along the way.
Edling added that after the pursuit had bounced off of a power
pole on Del Norte Road and turned on to Church Road, the deputy
driving the 4X4 vehicle pushed Kahler's Mercedes off the road
and onto the sidewalk, at which time Kahler allegedly rammed
the 4X4 in the passenger-side door. As he attempted to back up,
another deputy blocked the Mercedes and the pursuit was over.
Kahler was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center for treatment
of his injuries allegedly sustained when battered on Ojai Avenue,
and booked into Ventura County Jail. Neither his juvenile passenger
nor the pursuing deputies were reportedly injured.
The damage to the 4X4 patrol unit appeared to be minor, Edling
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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