News Story


Fillmore Station - Stolen Vehicle Pursuit
5/5/2017 7:25:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

Report Number:



SR-126 at Timber Canyon Road, Ventura County, CA

Date & Time:

May 5, 2017 11:03 A.M.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Kern County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Office


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Joshua Johnston

 Sara Eskildsen


Frazier Park

Frazier Park






On May 5th, 2017 at about 1015 in the morning, Deputies from the Kern County Sheriff's Office went in pursuit of a stolen vehicle in the area of Frazier Park traveling eastbound on Highway 138.  The pursuit was discontinued due to the high speeds and erratic driving of the suspect.   Officers from California Highway Patrol located the stolen vehicle on San Francisquito Rd and went in pursuit of the stolen vehicle.  Officers from the CHP pursued the vehicle into Santa Clarita where they lost sight of it in the area of westbound SR-126 at Wolcott. A deputy from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office Fillmore Station was monitoring the pursuit on the radio and located the stolen vehicle on Timber Canyon Road at the S/R 126 intersection.  Witnesses observed the suspects flee the vehicle into a nearby orchard.  Officers from the Santa Paula Police Department arrived and assisted with the search for the outstanding suspects. During the search suspect Johnston located an unoccupied vehicle and stole it.  He was chased briefly through the orchard and taken into custody by Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies and Santa Paula Police Officers.  Eskildsen was found hiding in the orchard by Sheriff's Deputies shortly after.


Both suspects booked at the Ventura County Jail on charges related to the theft of the vehicle.




Prepared by:

Sergeant John Stubblefield



News Release Date:

May 5, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Bill Meixner



Approved by:

Captain Luis Obregon