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Man who leads Bakersfield police officers on pursuit, crashes truck into Kern River

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Posted at 3:58 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 18:58:41-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A pursuit involving Bakersfield police officers ended when a man jumped out of the front cab of a semi-truck, which then crashed into the Kern River Saturday morning.

According to the Bakersfield Police Department, the incident started when a business in North Bakersfield reported the stolen semi, which wasn't hauling a trailer, Friday evening.

BPD said a GPS location of the semi, led an employee of the business to the 1700 block of Golden State Highway, where police say 36-year-old Matthew Myers allegedly rammed the semi into the employee's vehicle at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police located the semi a short time later, where a pursuit ensued and led officers through Round Mountain Road.

As the pursuit eventually neared the Kern River, BPD said Myers jumped out of the moving semi, before it plunged into the river.

A K-9 unit and officers detained Myers, who police say faces multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft, felony evading and resisting arrest.

BPD was not able to confirm the exact location of the river, the semi crashed into.

However, a 23ABC viewer who says she was at Hart Park sent us a photo of the incident, showing the semi in the river.