The Watsonville Police Department’s gang unit arrested a parole violator after a car chase Tuesday morning, police said. Watsonville resident Albert Martinez, 35, who police say has a violent history and is a member of the prison gang Nuestra Familia, was wanted for failing to report under the terms of his parole, police said. The gang unit was working to locate Martinez, and conducted surveillance along with the Santa Cruz County anti-crime team and the county gang task force, police said.
Officers spotted Martinez in a red Cadillac at around 10:30 a.m. and attempted a traffic stop at Main Street and Holm Road, police said. The driver of the car, 19-year-old Salina Tavera, didn’t pull over, and led officers on a chase for about two miles, police said. Tavera eventually stopped at Holly and Sunnyhills drives. Martinez and Tavera were arrested, and a stolen handgun was found in the Cadillac, according to police.
Martinez was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of parole violation, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, and participation in a criminal street gang. Tavera was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on a charge of willfully evading a peace officer while driving a motor vehicle.
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