FREEDOM -- A 19-year-old man suspected of shooting several shots from a car on Larkin Valley Road was arrested after he ran from authorities on Friday.
About 2:20 p.m., someone reported shots fired from a car near Larkin Valley and White roads, said Santa Cruz County sheriff's Sgt. Mike MacDonald. No one was injured, and the targets appeared arbitrary, MacDonald said.
Minutes later, deputies spotted a gray four-door Hyundai that matched the caller's description near Freedom and Airport boulevards.
It was stopped at a traffic light when deputies saw a passenger in the car get out and run toward Airport Boulevard, MacDonald said. Deputies relayed a description of the man on law enforcement radio and a Watsonville police officer stopped the man on Airport Boulevard.
The officer said he saw the man ditch a handgun under a car during the chase. The gun was recovered.
Deputies arrested Johnny Angel Castillo on suspicion of willful discharge of a firearm and obstructing justice, according to jail records. Castillo also had an outstanding warrant, said sheriff's Sgt. Roy Morales.
Watsonville police issued a Nixle alert to subscribers at 2:48 p.m. that reported that the chase had concluded.
Castillo is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail, according to jail records. The driver of the car was detained for questioning but was not arrested Friday evening, deputies said.
Authorities towed the
Traffic slowed on eastbound Freedom Boulevard but the road remained open during the investigation.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to call the investigations division at 831-454-2311 or the anonymous tipline at 831-454-5995.
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