The driver of an Acura led Bakersfield police on a chase Saturday morning. At about 5 a.m., police tried to stop the Acura in the area of Ming Avenue and South Real Road for traffic violations. The driver didn't stop and instead led officers on a pursuit through Bakersfield for about 22 minutes until the vehicle became disabled at the interchange of Highway 65 and Highway 99. The Acura's occupants fled from the vehicle and police chased them on foot. Two of the three suspects were apprehended with the use of a police dog.

During the pursuit one of the occupants threw a small to medium size handgun from the vehicle in the area of Planz Road and South H Street which police hadn't located as of Saturday morning. A police vehicle also hit a citizen's vehicle during the chase, at the corner of east California Avenue and Haley Street, but there were no injuries.

The driver of the Acura has been identified as Alejandro Pacheco, 34, of Earlimart, who was arrested for felony evading, resisting arrest and weapons violations. The other occupants of the vehicle have been identified as Fernando Torres, 30, of Earlimart and Raymond Garcia, 26, of Delano. Both were arrested for weapons violations and resisting arrest. All three men were taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment of injuries related to the arrests.

Anyone with further information should contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

-The Bakersfield Police Department