DA declines to charge Bakersfield Asst. Police Chief in nightclub altercation

No charges will be filed against Assistant Bakersfield Police Chief Evan Demestihas in connection with an altercation that occurred with a woman last year, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Demestihas had been on administrative leave since the incident occurred. The case was given to the Kings County District Attorney’s office, which deferred the issuing of charges, and the case was sent to the Kern County District Attorney’s office for review under the supervision of the California Attorney General’s Office.

Demestihas was arrested following a dispute with a woman Sept. 4, 2019, outside the V.I.P. Lounge on California Avenue. Witnesses said the two had left the bar together, and both witnesses and video surveillance captured an altercation inside a car in which the woman screamed, a DA’s release said.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.