The kidnap suspect dies after being hit by Taser after being pursued, Bakersfield police say

A kidnap suspect who died after being stun gun after a police chase that ended in a highway accident was identified as a 44-year-old man from southern California.

The chase came last Wednesday after Bakersfield police responded to a report of kidnapping and sexual assault in a car, KBAK-TV reported.

Police said the victim, a young teenager, contacted law enforcement while being held by the suspect. The victim was able to get out of the car in nearby Arvin and told authorities the suspect was under the influence of drugs and possibly armed.

Arvin police tracked the suspect on local roads and eventually onto Interstate 5, where he hit a concrete partition several times.

After an hour-long SWAT negotiation with the suspect, officers pulled the man out of the car with a taser. He appeared to have a medical emergency, stopped responding and was taken to a hospital where he died, Bakersfield police said.

Kern County’s coroner bureau identified the suspect as Michael Alvarez, 44, of Bakersfield. His cause of death is being investigated.

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