BPD patrol car catches fire in East Bakersfield

BPD patrol car catches fire in East Bakersfield
Police LIghts (FILE)
Posted at 10:06 AM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 13:36:12-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to the Bakersfield Police Department a department police car caught on fire early Saturday morning around 7:12 a.m.

Bakersfield Police Department officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 4200 block of Tierra Verde Street.

Police officers said the inital caller claimed her ex-boyfriend was causing a disturbance and she believed he was possibly under the influence of drugs. A record check revealed the suspect had an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant.

Police said an officer attempted to contact the suspect in a field near West Columbus Street and Union Avenue. The suspect fled on foot when he observed the officer approaching. The officer stopped his vehicle in an area of the field that had tall, dry grass and pursued the suspect on foot. The heat from the under carriage of the vehicle ignited the dry grass and the vehicle quickly became fully engulfed in flames.

BPD said that local fire officials were called out to the scene to extinguish the flames and no officers were injured during the course of the fire.