Pursuit Firearm Arrest

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On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 8:20 a.m., a Headquarters patrol deputy saw Manual Vincent Tejada, 23, of Oxnard; make a right turn without stopping for a red light at Telephone Road and Johnson Drive.  The deputy initiated a traffic stop on Johnson Drive at the Boys and Girls Club.  As the deputy approached Tejada’s vehicle, Tejada rapidly drove away while throwing a large, long metal object out the driver’s side window of his vehicle.  Because traffic was slowing ahead of him, Tejada drove south in the northbound lanes of Johnson Drive in order to evade the deputy who was now following in his patrol car.  As Tejada attempted to turn right onto Hummingbird Street, he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a brick wall on the southwest corner of the street. Tejada then attempted to flee on foot but was stopped by deputies who arrived in the area.  He was taken into custody without incident.
Three employees with the City of Ventura Water Department had been in the area of the original car stop near the Boys and Girls Club.  They saw Tejada flee the area in his car and heard the sound of metal skidding on the pavement.  They saw the metal object in the street and, recognizing it as a rifle, quickly retrieved it in the interest of public safety.  They gave it to Sheriff’s deputies who discovered it was a .22 caliber rifle, loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition.  The stock of the rifle had been cut down to a ‘pistol grip’. Tejada, who was discharged from parole in February 2016 after serving a prison sentence for assault with a deadly weapon, was booked at the Main Jail on charges of evading a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possessing a short-barreled rifle, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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