Yesterday at approximately 4:00 pm Officer Pinnegar of the Merced Police Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a Honda Accord for a traffic violation, in the area of Highway 59 and Olive Ave., in the City of Merced.
The driver, later identified as Marcos Hernandez, failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit initiated. The pursuit went out of the City of Merced to Fox Road in the county. The pursuit continued to the area of Cardella and Franklin Road, where Hernandez drove into a field and the vehicle got stuck. Hernandez and the passenger, later identified as Zeb Stevens, ran from the vehicle. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter and searched the area. Approximately an hour later both suspects were located and taken into custody.
Located in the vehicle was a Tec. 22 cal. firearm and over 170 grams of methamphetamine. While the officers were completing the investigation, they were contacted by a citizen that had located a 9mm handgun that was thrown out of the vehicle, during the pursuit.
The driver, Marcos Hernandez was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail for felony evading, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, sales and transportation of methamphetamine and gang enhancements. He bailed out of jail early this morning.
The passenger, Zeb Stevens was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail for felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, sales and transportation of methamphetamine and gang enhancements. Stevens is still in custody and is being held at $380,000 bail.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Sgt. Rodney Court at (209) 385-8886 or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.