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Thursday, Jan 10 2013 06:16 PM

Deputies nab DUI suspect who fled to Kern River

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

A Kern County sheriff's deputy was driving westbound on Highway 178 about three miles east of the mouth of the Kern River Canyon at 2:30 a.m. Thursday when he saw a white truck stopped in the middle of the roadway.

The deputy contacted the driver of the truck and found he had been drinking. California Highway Patrol officers were responding to conduct a DUI investigation when the suspect, Cory Brown, 23, of Bakersfield, leaped off the roadway. Brown fled down a very steep embankment and the deputy lost sight of Brown. The Kern County Fire Department responded and assisted deputies in the search. Deputies believed Brown had gone into the Kern River.

At 3:45 a.m, volunteer members of the Kern County Sheriff's Office, Bakersfield Search and Rescue and Kernville Search and Rescue Teams responded and continued the search. Air Two responded and assisted as well. At about 7:36 a.m., searchers found Brown hiding in a field of large boulders and directed deputies to him. Brown, who was uninjured, was arrested and taken to the Central Receiving Facility on suspicion of resisting arrest and DUI.

-- Kern County Sheriff's Department

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