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Bakersfield Police: In-custody medical emergency involving CHP closes part of Highway 58

BPD says man reportedly fought CHP officers before he stopped breathing
In-custody Medical Emergency
In-custody Medical Emergency
In-custody Medical Emergency
Posted at 1:34 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 10:57:53-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE:
Bakersfield Police said it is investigating an in-custody medical emergency involving the California Highway Patrol.

According to officials, around 11 a.m. CHP officers responded to a man crossing traffic on Highway 58. The man reportedly fought with CHP officers before he was taken into custody. BPD said while the man was being detained, he stopped breathing.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he received medical attention and was resuscitated.

The incident has caused a heavy police presence on Eastbound Highway 58 near Cottonwood Road. According to officials, the incident is impacting traffic in that area and drivers are being diverted onto Union Avenue and part of Highway 58 is closed. Bakersfield Police said that the Highway will be closed for a "few more hours."

ORIGINAL STORY:
The Bakersfield Police Department said it is assisting with an in-custody death involving the California Highway Patrol.

The incident is causing a heavy police presence on Eastbound Highway 58 near Cottonwood Road. According to officials, the incident is impacting traffic in that area and drivers are being diverted onto Union Avenue and part of Highway 58 is closed.

We have a 23ABC team headed to the scene and we will update this story when new information becomes available.