Three men were arrested and a shotgun recovered after a pursuit that started because the driver failed to stop for a Turlock Police officer.
The pursuit through downtown Turlock began around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when an officer attempted to stop a car for a vehicle violation. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Noe Miranda, 31, failed to stop and instead sped off from the patrol officer, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Steve Rodrigues.
During the pursuit a passenger in the vehicle decided to make an escape on foot and jumped from the vehicle. However, the Turlock Narcotics Enforcement Team happened to be in the area at the time and quickly apprehended the suspect, identified as Ruben Naranjo, 32.
Shortly after his passenger left, Miranda stopped the vehicle in the area of E. Main Street and Hamilton Street and was taken into custody without further incident, Rodrigues said.
Miranda was on probation at the time of his arrest and as such his residence in the 1000 block of N. Olive Avenue was subject to a search. At the home officers found a short-barreled shotgun and ammunition and took Luis Cardenas, 24, into custody.
Cardenas was arrested for possession of a short-barreled shotgun, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
Miranda was arrested for evading a police officer, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. He also had two unrelated warrants out for his arrest, Rodrigues said.
Naranjo was arrested for possession of metal knuckles.