UPDATE: California deputy escapes custody after 2nd arrest

UPDATE: California deputy escapes custody after 2nd arrest

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) – A manhunt has been launched for a Kern County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly flashed a gun at a 12-year-old girl and escaped from a patrol car.

Up to $5,000 was offered Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of Edward Tucker, who’s considered dangerous.

Authorities say the 18-year veteran had been on leave for a year when he confronted a group of girls Saturday night in Bakersfield. Nobody was hurt, but deputies allegedly found guns and methamphetamine in his car.

The 44-year-old was arrested but released from jail.

Authorities say on Tuesday, he was rearrested in a park for allegedly being under the influence and had guns and possible bomb-making materials in his car.

Authorities say at the county jail, the handcuffed man escaped from a patrol car and a parking garage.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

 

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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