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Pursuit ends in arrest; loaded handgun recovered

An Oakland man is facing several criminal charges after leading Turlock Police officers on a pursuit in a botched attempt to avoid arrest.

The suspect was identified as Marcus Yussuf Anigilaje, 42, of Oakland. He was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of burglary tools and forging/altering vehicle registration.

The incident began shortly before 2:30 a.m. Friday in the area of W. Main Street and Broadway. A Turlock Police officer was on patrol in the area and noticed a Dodge Challenger swerve as it drove in the opposite lane.

The officer made a U-turn to get behind the vehicle. The driver, later identified as Anigilaje, made several quick turns and lost traction of the vehicle as it sped off at a high rate of speed down S. Broadway, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle to initiate a traffic enforcement stop for exhibition of speed and speeding, but Anigilaje refused to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit made its way onto Highway 99 and Anigilaje lost control of the Dodge Charger. It was found on the on-ramp embankment of Highway 99 and Keyes Road.

Officers searched a field adjacent to where the car was found and located Anigilaje.

Inside of the vehicle, officers located a loaded handgun, a separate fully loaded magazine and some burglary tools, Parmley said.

"During the pursuit, a patrol vehicle was damaged but it did not collide with any other vehicles or objects," Parmley said.

The Turlock Police Department was assisted by officers from Modesto, Los Banos, CSU Stanislaus and the California Highway Patrol. The CHP handled the collision investigation. No injuries were reported.