Merced Man Arrested in Beating of CHP Officer

9:04 AM, Dec 3, 2003   |    comments
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After a massive manhunt in the area around Turlock, police arrested a man wanted for assaulting a California Highway Patrol officer. Ronnie Bradford of Merced was taken into custody at around 4 p.m. at his mother's house in Turlock. He had been a fgitive for much of the day. Bradford's mother was also arrested for being an accessory. The incident leading to Bradford's arrest began Tuesday morning when the officer stopped a late-model white Jeep Cherokee for speeding on Highway 99 in Merced County. The officer suspected Bradford was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and tried to place him under arrest. Bradford resisted, allegedly assaulting the female officer and fleeing. The officer suffered a broken nose and cuts on her head. Authorities later found Bradford's vehicle abandoned in the Livingston area. Witnesses thought they saw him running into a nearby orchard. Police quickly mounted a manhunt, spending several hours combing through fields and barns, but no sign of Bradford was found. Bradford was picked up later in the afternoon. It is unclear if he was ever in the orchard. Police also arrested a woman who was in the car with Bradford. Krystal Ingram will be charged as an accessory because she allegedly gave police false information on Bradford's identity and whereabouts. The CHP officer was treated at a local hospital and released. She is expected to make a full recovery.

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