Police say a man attempted suicide Monday afternoon by driving his car into Truxtun Lake, closing traffic lanes on westbound Truxtun Avenue at Mohawk Street for 30 minutes.
The man was uninjured and is being held at Mary K. Shell Mental Health Center for 72-hour observation, Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said. He said statements made by the man and witnesses indicated he meant to kill himself.
Police received calls at 12:54 p.m. regarding a car in the lake and arrived to find a gray 2009 Toyota Corolla submerged, with only the top of the vehicle's roof showing.
Grubbs said the man escaped the car and walked to shore. Officers spoke to him at the scene before transporting him by ambulance to the mental health center.
Grubbs said it was first suspected that drugs might be involved, but that was not the case.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111.