California

Manhunt for California deputy who escaped second arrest

This poster provided by the Kern County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Deputy Edward Tucker. (Kern County Sheriff via AP)

This poster provided by the Kern County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Deputy Edward Tucker. (Kern County Sheriff via AP)

A California sheriff's deputy arrested over the weekend for allegedly brandishing a gun at a 12-year-old girl was arrested for a second time and promptly escaped custody.

Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt says a manhunt was launched Tuesday night after Edward Tucker escaped from a deputy's cruiser and ran from an underground parking garage at a jail receiving facility.

Pruitt says Tucker was arrested in a park Tuesday for allegedly being under the influence while armed with a firearm. Deputies found drugs, guns and possible bomb-making materials in his car.

The 44-year-old had been released from jail earlier in the day. He faces charges including being under the influence of a controlled substance, DUI and child cruelty stemming from the Saturday arrest.

Tucker, an 18-year department veteran, has been on leave for a year but details weren't released.