Bakersfield Bicyclist had loaded gun, arrested

Man is convicted felon

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

A convicted felon on a bicycle was arrested after he was found with a loaded gun, officials said.

On March 13, at about 9:30 p.m., deputies with the Kern County Sheriff's Office made a traffic stop on a bicyclist for various vehicle code violations, including driving the wrong way on a roadway. 

The bicyclist, later identified as Antonio Barraza, a 30 year old Bakersfield resident, refused to stop, according to officials. 

As deputies pursued Barraza, officials said it became apparent he was hiding an object in his pants near his waist line. 

Barraza was trying to evade deputies while only holding the handle bar of the bike with one hand.   Barraza was using his other hand to hold the hidden object, according to deputies.

During the pursuit, Barraza and one of the emergency vehicles collided in a parking lot on Niles St.    

While deputies were performing first aide on Barraza, they said they found a loaded firearm in the front of Barraza’s pants. 

California Highway patrol is investigating the collision. 

Barraza was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Barraza’s injuries are not life threatening.

Barraza was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in public, gang participation, convicted felon in possession of a ammunition,convicted felon in possession of a firearm, evade peace officer. 

At the time of this release, bail had not yet been determined.

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