Needles, CA: Deputies arrested two people following an early Friday morning police pursuit.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Information and Press Release):

Needles, California: The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station has released publicly information regarding an early morning police pursuit that ended with deputies arresting two people on Friday, December 18th, 2020.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at approximately 1:45 a.m. PT, deputies from the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department responded to a report of a hit and run vehicle accident in the area of D Street and Cibola Street in the city of Needles.

While conducting an area check for the suspect vehicle, Deputy Whitmer located a vehicle matching the description provided in the 1000 block of Lillyhill Drive.

Deputy Whitmer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver, later identified as Nakia Lockwood, failed to yield and fled in the vehicle.

Lockwood was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed through residential areas and apartment complexes, committing several hazardous traffic violations.

Lockwood came to a stop in the 1900 block of Clary Drive and fled on foot.

A female passenger, later identified as Josephine Baumgartner, also fled on foot.

After a short foot pursuit, both Lockwood and Baumgartner were taken into custody without further incident.

Investigation revealed that Lockwood was driving while under the influence of alcohol and had six warrants for his arrest.

He was arrested for Hit and Run, Evading, Driving under the influence and his warrants. Lockwood was booked at the Needles jail and is being held pending his court appearance on $ 275,000. bail.

Baumgartner was arrested for resisting/delaying a peace officer, booked into the Needles jail and later released on her own recognizance with a citation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Whitmer at the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department located at 1111 Bailey Avenue or call (760) 326-9200.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the We Tip Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or via their website at

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Refer: Deputy Brad Whitmer

Station: Colorado River Station/Needles Police Station

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. 2120001054

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