California deputy escapes custody after 2nd arrest

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Posted: Oct 28, 2015 6:41 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A manhunt has been launched for a Kern County sheriff's deputy who allegedly flashed a gun at a 12-year-old girl and escaped from a patrol car.

Up to $5,000 was offered Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of Edward Tucker, who's considered dangerous.

Authorities say the 18-year veteran had been on leave for a year when he confronted a group of girls Saturday night in Bakersfield. Nobody was hurt, but deputies allegedly found guns and methamphetamine in his car.

The 44-year-old was arrested but released from jail.

Authorities say on Tuesday, he was rearrested in a park for allegedly being under the influence and had guns and possible bomb-making materials in his car.

Authorities say at the county jail, the handcuffed man escaped from a patrol car and a parking garage.