Two suspected Norteno gang members were arrested early Sunday after leading sheriff’s deputies in a car chase before deputies rammed into the car to get it to stop, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
Jamie Rodriguez, 21, and Brandon Lazarus Salinas, 22, who are both Salinas residents, were arrested on suspicion of felony evading, gang enhancements, gang conspiracy and possession of stolen property, deputies said.
At 1:10 a.m. Sunday, a deputy in a patrol car pulled over a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu for not having a front license plate on John Street near California Street in Salinas, according to deputies.
The deputy got out and talked to the two people in the Malibu and as they started to retrieve their registration, the driver, Rodriguez, drove away at a high rate of speed, deputies said.
Rodriguez led deputies on a high-speed chase of up to 70 mph through a south Salinas neighborhood and at one point, he struck a patrol car as he tried to drive around it at the end of a cul-de-sac, deputies said.
While the chase continued down East Romie Lane toward California Street, deputies employed the Pursuit Intervention Technique, ramming the left rear wheel of suspect’s car to make it skid, turn and become immobilized, deputies said.
After deputies captured Rodriguez and Salinas, they learned the suspects’ vehicle had been reported stolen by the Salinas Police Department, according to deputies.
In the car, deputies recovered numerous pieces of stolen property and Norteno gang indicia and determined that Rodriguez and his passenger Salinas were both members of the gang, deputies said.
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