DUI driver feared to have fallen in Kern River located and arrested

Man found in field of boulders

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An apparent DUI driver feared to have fallen in the Kern River was located and arrested Thursday.

On Jan. 10, at about 2:30 a.m., a Kern County Deputy Sheriff was driving west on Highway 178 when he saw a white truck stop in the middle of the road.

The deputy approached the driver and found that the driver was intoxicated.

California Highway Patrol went to the scene to conduct an investigation when the 23-year-old Cory Brown leaped off the roadway.

Officials said Brown fled down a very steep embankment and the deputy lost sight of him.

Kern County Fire Department went to the scene and helped deputies in the search for Brown, who was believed to have been in the river.

Shortly before 4 a.m., volunteer members of the Kern County Sheriff's Office, Bakersfield Search and Rescue, and Kernville Search and Rescue Teams arrived on scene and helped in the search, too.

At about 7:30 a.m., searchers found Brown hiding in a field of large boulders.

Brown was found uninjured and was arrested.  He was taken to the Central Receiving Facility for resisting arrest and DUI.

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