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Loaded assault rifle found in vehicle after California chase

May 2, 2019

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a loaded semi-automatic rifle was found in the front seat of a car that crashed during a police chase in Southern California.

Costa Mesa police say the driver ran from the scene after the crash early Wednesday and a K-9 unit found him hiding on an apartment patio.

The Los Angeles Times reports the driver sped off when officers tried to pull the car over during a routine traffic stop around 2 a.m.

After a short pursuit, the car crashed into a utility pole. Police say officers found a loaded AR-15 inside.

The newspaper says 24-year-old Arthur Barajas Jr. of Anaheim could face multiple charges including evading a peace officer and firearms and probation violations. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Officials didn’t say why police initially tried to pull him over.