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An off-duty sergeant with the Bakersfield Police Department has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed his motorcycle early Saturday afternoon on Rosedale Highway.

According to a news release from the BPD, Bakersfield Police Sgt. Jeff Saso was operating a motorcycle, carrying a passenger westbound in the 3500 block of Rosedale Highway when, sometime around 1 p.m., he lost control and struck the center median.

Saso suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The passenger, who was not identified in the release, received minor visible injuries, but refused medical aid, police said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Saso is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and he was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, police said. Saso was placed on administrative leave. An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

(4) comments


If someone is going to drive DUI, please do it on a golf cart, motorcycle or one of those Bird scooters.


Sounds like we found our new chief of police


Glad to here he will be ok. I saw the aftermath of the accident and thought someone died. Didnt look pretty.


Shocking......or not.

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