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Murrieta police arrest man on drug, firearms charges after pursuit

By in Press Enterprise on December 29, 2017

By Brian Rokos

An Oceanside man was accused of committing numerous firearms and drug crimes after leading officers on a pursuit in Temecula, abandoning his vehicle after crashing in heavy traffic and eventually being apprehended, Murrieta police said Thursday, Dec. 28.

About 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, a Murrieta officer tried to pull over a car near Harveston Way and Harveston Drive. The driver, later identified as 25-year-old Ryan Ballew, sped off, a news release said. He collided with two vehicles on Winchester Road near Ynez Road. Ballew got out and ran, but was quickly arrested.

A search of the car found a loaded handgun, a large knife, narcotics paraphernalia as well as items Ballew admitted to stealing from vehicles in San Diego County, the release said.

Ballew had two felony warrants out for his arrest, was on post-release community supervision for evading and was on mandatory supervision for vehicle theft, the release said.

He was arrested on suspicion of, among other things, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substances while armed, evading a peace officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

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