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Deputy involved in collision with suicidal subject fleeing in vehicle

Posted at 9:48 PM, Sep 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 00:48:53-04

Officials say a Kern County Sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries following a pursuit in Southeast Bakersfield shortly before 8 p.m.

The incident occurred as authorities were responding to a call referencing a 51-year-old man who may be suicidal.

Deputies located the man on the General Beale Road exit ramp near Highway 58, before he fled in his vehicle.

KCSO says the man drove nearly one block before colliding head-on with a deputy's patrol car.

Both the man and the deputy were transported to Kern Medical with minor injuries.

The man was then taken into custody and faces several felony charges, including DUI and assault with a deadly weapon.