Southern California inmate crashes van during attempted jailbreak

This image provided by Ray Pruitt with the Kern County Sheriffs Office shows a pickup truck after a white prison van crashed into it at the gates of the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility near Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The California Highway Patrol says an inmate crashed the van into a gate during an escape attempt at a Southern California jail. California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez says seven inmates were in the van when one of them managed to get into the driver's seat early Wednesday at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility outside Bakersfield. (Ray Pruitt/Kern County Sheriffs via AP)
This image provided by Ray Pruitt with the Kern County Sheriffs Office shows a pickup truck after a white prison van crashed into it at the gates of the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility near Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The California Highway Patrol says an inmate crashed the van into a gate during an escape attempt at a Southern California jail. California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez says seven inmates were in the van when one of them managed to get into the driver's seat early Wednesday at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility outside Bakersfield. (Ray Pruitt/Kern County Sheriffs via AP)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says an inmate crashed a van into a gate during an escape attempt at a Southern California jail.

CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez says seven inmates were in the van when one of them managed to get into the driver’s seat early Wednesday at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility outside Bakersfield.

The inmate drove the van into a parked vehicle before slamming into the main gate. Rodriguez says the inmate was recaptured.

Rodriguez says everyone in the van is being evaluated by medical personnel.

He says the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, which runs the jail, will investigate how the inmate took over the van.

A sheriff’s spokesman didn’t immediately return a call seeking additional details.

This image provided by Ray Pruitt with the Kern County Sheriffs Office shows officers looking at a pickup truck after a white prison van crashed into it at the gates of the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility near Bakersfield, Calif., on Weds., March 2, 2016. The California Highway Patrol says an inmate crashed the van into a gate during an escape attempt at a Southern California jail. CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez says seven inmates were in the van when one of them managed to get into the driver's seat early Wednesday at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility outside Bakersfield. (Ray Pruitt/Kern County Sheriffs Office via AP)
This image provided by Ray Pruitt with the Kern County Sheriffs Office shows officers looking at a pickup truck after a white prison van crashed into it at the gates of the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility near Bakersfield, Calif., on Weds., March 2, 2016. The California Highway Patrol says an inmate crashed the van into a gate during an escape attempt at a Southern California jail. CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez says seven inmates were in the van when one of them managed to get into the driver’s seat early Wednesday at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility outside Bakersfield. (Ray Pruitt/Kern County Sheriffs Office via AP)

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