A California man is in police custody after he was involved in a shooting, a car chase and a deadly accident recently. The man was on parole, but he was being pursued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. United States Marshals were also involved. It's not clear why he was considered to be at large.
They found out that the man was at a Motel 6 in east Bakersfield and attempted to arrest him around 4:00 p.m. on March 5. They were unsuccessful. The officers exchanged fire with the man, and he then fled from them. It appears there were multiple people in the man's car, but that hasn't been confirmed.
As police chased the man, his car went through an intersection and slammed into another vehicle. One woman was killed in the wreck. She died at the crash scene. The man was arrested at the scene, but another person fled. That person was later arrested at Kern Medical Center.
At this time, the police have not released any information on the cause of the injuries. The incident is still under investigation by authorities.
When police chase drivers on California roads and freeways, particularly at high speeds, they and others on the road are put into a dangerous position. While they may feel it's a danger to the public to let someone go, they can't ignore the risk that people are in when driving near the fleeing vehicle. Anyone who gets hurt in an accident like this needs to know all of the legal rights they may have to seek compensation.