Fugitive Kern County Deputy Captured After Daring Escape

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A Kern County deputy who slipped out of his handcuffs and escaped from a patrol cruiser earlier this week was captured at the home of an acquaintance Thursday afternoon, police said.

Edward Tucker, a 44-year-old deputy who was arrested twice last week and believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine both times, was captured at 3:20 p.m. at a home in Oildale, outside of Bakersfield, according to Ray Pruitt, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Pruitt said Tucker was found in the garage of a home in the 700 block of Arvin Street, where he was arrested without incident. Tucker was not armed at the time of his arrest.

The deputy will face additional charges in connection with the escape, according to Pruitt, and detectives are interviewing the people who lived at the home where he was found. It was not clear whether they would also face charges.

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