CHICO — Two alleged documented gang members were arrested Wednesday after they were involved in a brief vehicle pursuit through Chico.
The chase started at about 6:50 p.m. in north Chico after a deputy attempted to stop a van for a traffic violation, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.
The pursuit lasted for about seven minutes, said Miranda Bowersox, media liaison for the Sheriff’s Office.
At one point, the vehicle pulled over at Big Al’s Drive In, 1844 The Esplanade, and passenger Luz Roman, 22, exited the car, Bowersox said by phone Thursday. Roman allegedly ran in front of a patrol car, preventing it from following the suspect vehicle.
While officers were arresting her on suspicion of obstructing and delaying a peace officer, the driver of the van reportedly parked at the Uniforms Tuxedos and More shop at 189 E. Ninth Ave. and walked up to the scene, Bowersox said. Martin Roman, 19, was placed under arrest on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol, driving without a license and aiding and abetting.
A third passenger, a juvenile who was not identified by police, was released to his parents at the scene. Luz Roman was booked and released and bail for her brother, Martin, is set at $52,000.
There were no collision or injuries that resulted from the pursuit.