BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – A California sheriff’s deputy arrested over the weekend for allegedly brandishing a gun at a 12-year-old girl was arrested for a second time and promptly escaped custody.
Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt says a manhunt was launched Tuesday night after Edward Tucker escaped from a deputy’s cruiser and ran from an underground parking garage at a jail receiving facility.
Pruitt says Tucker was arrested in a park Tuesday for allegedly being under the influence while armed with a firearm. Deputies found drugs, guns and possible bomb-making materials in his car.
The 44-year-old had been released from jail earlier in the day. He faces charges including being under the influence of a controlled substance, DUI and child cruelty stemming from the Saturday arrest.
Tucker, an 18-year department veteran, has been on leave for a year but details weren’t released.
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