Driver arrested after trying to run from police
A suspect was arrested in Red Bluff after a late night pursuit. When officers caught up with 25-year-old Manuel Ortega of Gerber, they said they found him with methamphetamine. Inside his car, they said they found marijuana and a gun.
It started just before 10 p.m. Thursday when an officer tried to pull over a white Lexus on Jackson Street for a registration violation. The vehicle pulled over but when the officers approached the vehicle, the car drove off.
Officers followed the Lexus about a half-mile to the intersection of Crittenden Street and Jackson Street. That's where police said Ortega exited the vehicle and ran. He was arrested as he tried to climb over a fence in the 1100 block of Jefferson Street.
Ortega was arrested on a series of charges including felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, evading a peace officer and driving without a license.
A passenger in the car was detained and released.
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