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Four arrested in connection with pursuit in south Sacramento, police say

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Police have arrested four suspects in connection with a 10-minute pursuit in south Sacramento this morning, according to authorities.

The pursuit began shortly after officers went to a motel on Massie Court to arrest Steven Vega, 25, who had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest, said Officer Doug Morse, police spokesman.

While searching for Vega, officers saw a vehicle associated with him leaving the area and attempted to stop it. The driver failed to yield, and led officers on a pursuit that lasted about 10 minutes, Morse said. During the pursuit, a handgun was thrown from the vehicle and later recovered.

The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as Zeferino Cardenas, 42, was arrested after the pursuit ended near Power Inn and Gerber roads, Morse said. Officers also found their intended target, Vega, and arrested him near Massie Court and Stockton Boulevard. He was armed with a gun at the time of his arrest, Morse said.

Police said Desiree Lovato, 23, and Elena Florez, 29, also were arrested in connection with the incident, though their exact roles were not immediately clear.

According to Sacramento County Main Jail booking records, Lovato was arrested on suspicion of evading police; firearm possession by a felon; concealing a known stolen firearm; carrying a loaded firearm on one’s person; conspiracy and possessing a firearm while prohibited to do so.

Florez was booked on suspicion of drug possession, according to the records.

Call The Bee’s Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Kim_Minugh.

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