CORCORAN — Corcoran Police have arrested two teenagers Friday after finding a loaded Uzi rifle in their car, officials said.
Just after midnight, Corcoran officers said they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gray Chevy Malibu after observing an unusual driving pattern, as well as several moving violations.
They said the suspect vehicle failed to yield for the traffic stop and attempted to evade officers while driving at high speeds, running stops signs and committing other Vehicle Code violations.
Police said the car became disabled in the 2000 block of Charles Avenue, where the occupants fled the vehicle on foot. Officers subsequently searched the vehicle and located a loaded Uzi assault rifle, officials said.
Authorities said 18-year-old Jose Salas and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested a short time later in the neighborhood after evidence located in the vehicle linked them to the vehicle.
Police said Salas was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of felony evading, being a gang member in possession of a loaded firearm and conspiracy to commit a felony. He is being held on $120,000 bail.
In addition to the above charges, officials said the juvenile was booked into the Kings County Juvenile Center on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and an outstanding Kings County warrant.