FAIRFIELD — What started as a traffic stop ended in arrests Friday after the vehicle led police on a brief chase on West Texas Street.
Police tried to stop a vehicle at approximately 3:30 p.m. for allegedly obstructing traffic on the 2100 block of West Texas Street, said Sgt. Jausiah Jacobsen.
The vehicle fled, and Jacobsen said the occupants discarded some items before stopping at Park Crossing Apartments.
Police found a bottle of prescription narcotics that was tossed by the driver and a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun that was discarded by a passenger during the chase, Jacobsen said. Officers also found a bottle of codeine in the vehicle and $3,662 in cash, which police believe was proceeds from drug sales, Jacobsen said.
Police arrested Jyrell Chavez, 27, of Fairfield; Julian Barkus, 26, of Vallejo; and Nai Salee, 24, of Suisun City, on suspicion various drugs and weapons offenses. Allegations include possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of a firearm by a felon, being armed in a commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance for sales and criminal conspiracy.
Chavez, the driver, was also arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor evasion, attempting to destroy or conceal evidence and for alleged violation of Post-Release Community Service.
Barkus, who police said tossed the pistol, was also arrested on suspicion of a parole violation. Parole was for a manslaughter case.
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