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Suspect arrested after carjacking a Caltrans vehicle on Highway 99

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Posted at 3:19 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 21:27:29-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — All lanes of Highway 99 are re-open after being shut down for 30 minutes due to police activity.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office said they were conducting a multi-agency operation when a suspect took off around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Officials said they believe the suspect was armed.

According to a Caltrans worker in the area, the man carjacked a Caltrans vehicle near Highway 99 and Buck Owens Boulevard. Officials caught up around Olive and 99 where the truck was abandoned. Officers later tracked down the suspect and took him into custody.

Highway 99 was reopened a short time later.

23ABC caught up with the Caltrans worker who said he was working on Highway 99 when the alleged suspect approached him and took off with his work vehicle.

"Put his hand on my back and he didn't push me real aggressively, and he said move get out the way," said Joshua Gallagher, a transportation engineering technician with Caltrans. "I put my hands in the air and said 'hey it's not my truck' and he took off like something you see out of a movie with doors open still and as that happened cops were coming from both sides of the highway it was crazy."

Gallagher went on to thank KCSO for their help.