The Bakersfield Police Department arrested a man Thursday evening while investigating shots fired and a collision near the Coffee Road offramp from the Westside Parkway.
Around 3:21 p.m., an officer parked near Brimhall and Coffee roads heard the sounds of gunfire coming from the Westside Parkway east of Coffee. Shortly after, the officer observed a black Chevrolet pickup driving recklessly westbound on the Westside Parkway off-ramp at Brimhall.
The officer began to follow the truck, at which time it ran a red light at Brimhall and Coffee, striking a southbound vehicle in the intersection. The adult female driver sustained minor injuries.
The alleged driver of the Chevrolet truck, Javier Gonzales, 22, fled from the truck. Several witnesses, along with the officer, chased the suspect a short distance before catching and arresting him. Officers located a loaded machine gun inside the Chevrolet, along with evidence that the gun had been recently fired.
All local hospitals were checked and no gunshot victims were located. No residents called to report being shot at during this incident.
Officers later conducted a search warrant at Gonzales’ residence where two additional firearms were located.
Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run, various gang and gun charges, and for negligent discharge of a firearm.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.