Parolee flees, hits house

A Gerber man armed with a semi-automatic pistol crashed his car into a Walton Drive residence Tuesday night while fleeing police, according to Red Bluff Police reports.

Police first noticed Jose Luis Hernandez III, 22, was driving a 2006 Kia on Tuesday night with a defective headlight near the corner of Luther Road and South Main Street, according to a press release issued by Sgt. Quintan Ortega.

As the officer approached, Hernandez sped through a red light, driving onto Diamond Avenue and then Walton Drive, where he reportedly crashed into a home on the 500 block.

No one was injured and the vehicle and residence only sustained minor damage, Ortega said.

A search of Hernandez's vehicle revealed a loaded semi-automatic pistol reported stolen in Merced County.

Hernandez was released from prison in August and had been on parole, Ortega said.

Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, driving without a license, carrying a concealable firearm, carrying a loaded firearm inside a vehicle, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition and violating parole.


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