2 Nampa men arrested after police chase

Statesman staffNovember 1, 2013 

Caldwell police on Friday arrested two Nampa men they said led them on a vehicle chase and tried to get rid of a loaded handgun.

A patrol officer saw Jose Chavez - who had four active arrest warrants - driving at about 5:40 p.m. and tried to perform a traffic stop near the intersection of Ray Avenue and Cottonwood Street in Caldwell, police said. Chavez didn't stop, police said, and the passenger threw a black object out of the car near Ray and Chaparro Street.

The pursuit proceeded south on 10th Avenue, and the chase ended because of congested traffic near 10th and Karcher Road.

Chavez, 21, and his passenger, Bejoun Rodriguez, also 21, were arrested and booked into the Canyon County Jail. Rodriguez had an active arrest warrant.

Police said a loaded handgun with obliterated serial numbers was recovered near Ray and Chaparro.

Chavez was charged with felony eluding and carrying a concealed weapon.

Rodriguez was charged with a felony probation violation, unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

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