Why were there San Diego County Sheriff’s Department buses in Bakersfield?

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – A 23ABC viewer parked two San Diego County Sheriff’s Department inmate buses outside the Homewood Suites near Mill Rock Way on Wednesday asking why they were in Bakersfield?

So 23ABC reached out to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for answers.

A department spokesman said state prisons were now starting to accept inmates with the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. The two buses were in the Bakersfield area taking prisoners to North Kern State Prison.

The spokesman said, however, “Due to state and federal laws regarding the Class B commercial driver’s license, drivers are only allowed to drive so many hours before they are required to rest.”
The MPs had reached those limits and were forced to stay at the hotel overnight and return to San Diego County the next day.

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