California Highway Patrol officers deployed Tasers three times against a hitchhiker walking in traffic lanes on southbound Interstate 5 Monday morning.
Kirk Anthony Stalnaker, 30, was arrested after struggling with officers on the interstate south of Laval Road, according to the CHP. The Sylmar man was booked on suspicion of battery against a peace officer and resisting arrest.
Officers responded at 6:30 a.m. to reports of a pedestrian hitchhiking on the right shoulder of southbound I-5. The pedestrian, later identified as Stalnaker, entered the center divide when officers arrived and tried to stop him from running back into traffic lanes.
All lanes of southbound I-5 were closed down for three to four minutes during the incident.
Stalnaker became combative and an officer used a Taser on him during a struggle, officers said in a report. Stalnaker immediately rolled and dislodged the leads from the Taser.
A 72-year-old man struck and killed by a big rig on Interstate 5 Monday has been identified as San Francisco resident Calvin Thomas.
A passenger who died in a vehicle rollover Monday on Highway 58 in California City has been identified as 27-year-old Vallejo resident David Lewis Strong.
A 63-year-old Lake Isabella man accused of brandishing a shotgun and threatening others at a trailer park last week pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the six charges filed against him.
Surveillance video helped law enforcement nab a 17-year-old suspected of four robberies in the Bakersfield area.
A man who shot and injured his daughter and another man as he tried to break up a fight in east Bakersfield was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison.
A dead body was discovered inside a car parked outside KUZZ's radio station on Sillect Avenue Tuesday morning.
Video surveillance captured an assault in Lamont and investigators are asking for help identifying the attackers.
Arson investigators are looking into an east Bakersfield fire that caused an estimated $150,000 to a vacant single-story house Monday evening.
The state's Cemetery and Funeral Bureau has filed a complaint against a Bakersfield funeral home for allegedly forging physician signatures on death certificates and then improperly filing them.
An attorney who crashed a county-owned vehicle while allegedly driving under the influence is no longer employed by the Kern County Public Defender's office.
A Shafter man pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring import and distribute 84 pounds of cocaine.
The week beginning May 11 is Peace Officer Memorial Week in Kern County and ceremonies are scheduled to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.