Pursuit leads to SWAT standoff, suspect in custody


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A family of four was involved in a high-speed pursuit that started in Los Angeles County and ended just off Interstate 5 near Buttonwillow.

The California Highway Patrol initiated a pursuit that began at 9:30 Sunday morning, just off the 210 Freeway in LA County.

CHP called in additional units after a man, his wife and two children were traveling at a high rate of speed heading northbound on I-5

The family of four traveled for some time and the pursuit came to an end after a spike strip was deployed just south of Highway 58.

CHP said the northbound and southbound lanes off the I-5 were closed down in the area.

According to Buttonwillow CHP, the adult female passenger exited the vehicle and displayed obvious signs of trauma, which were given to her by the driver – her husband.

Police say they informed the driver to get out of the vehicle, but he refused.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called out to the scene, and after some time, the man exited the vehicle and a brief struggle ensued with SWAT officers.

The man was taken into custody and transported to Kern Medical with minor injuries.

The suspect will be booked into county jail, but the charges are unknown.

And, as for the children, Buttonwillow CHP says they are currently working on reuniting them with family members in the Los Angeles area.

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