BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A woman claims she was sexually assaulted by a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop.
On Sunday at about 12:30 p.m., a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy was sent to a report of a possible sexual assault in southeast Bakersfield.
When the deputy arrived, he was told by the woman at the house that she had been sexually assaulted early Friday morning at her home and indicated the suspects were officers with a Kern County law enforcement agency.
Kern County Sheriff’s detectives were sent to the woman's home and assumed the investigation.
Detectives were told by the woman that she had been stopped by a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy while operating a vehicle at about 2 a.m. on Friday morning in the area of Merle Haggard Drive and Highway 99.
The woman told officials that the deputy suspected her of driving under the influence and requested that officers with the California Highway Patrol conduct a DUI investigation.
At about 2:38 a.m., officials said two CHP officers arrived and the deputy who had made the initial car stop left the scene of the car stop shortly thereafter.
The woman told detectives that the CHP officers agreed to follow her to her home instead of arresting her for DUI.
After arriving at her home, the woman told detectives one of the officers sexually assaulted her in her bedroom.
The California Highway Patrol was notified of the allegations and is cooperating with the investigation. The two CHP officers who responded to the scene of the DUI investigation have been identified. At this time no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Officials have not released the names of the accused officers.