Pursuit suspect evades police officers, remains on the loose following Thursday search

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Deon Hodge / Photo: Bakersfield Police Department

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Police said a pursuit suspect remains on the loose after searching for him in the area of Planz Park for several hours Thursday.

Deon Hodge / Photo: Bakersfield Police Department

Deon Hodge, 26, is wanted on charges of felony evading, weapons violations, resisting arrest causing injury and gang participation, police said. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Secret Witness for information leading to his arrest.

Officers tried stopping a vehicle occupied by Hodge at about 11:21 a.m. Hodge led them on a chase, police said, and fled from the vehicle near the park.

The department said two officers were injured in a crash during the pursuit but were recovering with minor injuries at home.

Police called off their search for Hodge and confirmed he got away from officers Thursday evening.

Hodge is considered armed and dangerous. He’s described as black, 5 feet 7 inches, 175 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a gray polo shirt, blue jeans and missing a shoe.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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