Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 21-year-old Oxnard resident after the allegedly armed man led them on a 14-minute car chase that topped speeds of 100 m.p.h., deputies said.
Authorities booked Erick Dean Silver into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of felony evasion of police, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a loaded firearm.
Deputies said they nabbed the suspect Friday after he turned his blue pickup truck onto a dead-end street in Oxnard and ran from the vehicle. Officers chased the suspect, who was later found to be carrying cocaine, as he ran through back yards, deputies said.
The trouble began when two deputies responded to a call about 5:30 p.m. regarding a person loitering in a blue pickup truck near a Camarillo school on Laguna Road. Police reports said the officers approached the vehicle and asked Silver for his driver’s license and registration.
According to deputies, the suspect handed over his license, but then sped away. As the deputies pursued the suspect, a sheriff’s helicopter tracked him.
Deputies said Silver raced through Camarillo into Oxnard at more than 100 m.p.h. and tried to shake the deputies by driving through residential streets.
The suspect then turned down Lincoln Court, a dead-end street, where he skidded to a stop and fled on foot, reports said. According to authorities, the deputies saw the suspect pull a handgun from his waistband and toss it into bushes. Within seconds, the officers caught up with the suspect and apprehended him, deputies said.