What started as a traffic stop ended in a car chase and 1 arrest

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WASCO, Calif. (KGET) — What began as a routine traffic stop by Kern County Sheriff’s officers turned into a brief car chase and ended in the arrest of one Wasco man Monday.

Officials said at around 8:17 a.m., a deputy tried to conduct a traffic enforcement stop near the intersection of 7th Street and Broadway.

The driver of the car, Damien Torres, refused to stop leading deputies on a short car chase ending near the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Oak Avenue, according to officials.

When searching the car, deputies said they found a concealed-loaded .45 caliber handgun, a spare magazine for the gun, ammunition, gang indicia and marijuana. Deputies also said they realized Torres was on parole.

Torres, 21, was previously arrested in March 2020 on similar charges.

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Torres was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail.

He was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign, driving without a valid license, evading an officer, possession of marijuana for sales, participating in a criminal street gang, violating his parole, and several felony weapon related charges including carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle and possession of loaded firearm by a prohibited person.

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