Sometimes, posting selfie videos isn’t such a great idea, especially if the cops are watching.
That’s a lesson Johnathan Shane Blakeley may have learned a couple weeks ago when a Snapchat video led to his arrest on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Blakeley’s troubles began May 24, when Vallejo police Detective Jarrett Tonn was monitoring a Snapchat account Blakeley uses, according to federal court records.
As the detective was watching, he saw Blakeley post a video of himself driving in a silver Nissan, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento by FBI special agent John Gerges.
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Tonn also noted that another man, Gerald Luckey, was sitting in the passenger seat.
Both men are “known to law enforcement in Solano County,” the affidavit says, adding that Luckey had two pistols in his lap.
A records check by police showed Blakeley was a convicted felon on probation and that he had a suspended driver’s license.
Tonn and Detective Kevin Barreto were on patrol that night, and at 6:13 p.m. they saw a silver Nissan Versa with three men inside head onto Interstate 80 westbound from Solano Avenue. Barreto was driving and tried to pull the Nissan over, but the car took off, swerving through traffic, running stoplights, and exiting and re-entering the freeway, according to the affidavit.
During the chase, police saw Luckey toss a handgun out of the front passenger window and, later, saw Blakeley throw something over the top of the car roof, the affidavit says.
The Nissan got away, and police gave up the chase, but officers radioed for help in searching for what was tossed, and later recovered two pistols, a 40 mm Taurus and a 9 mm Glock, the affidavit states. “Both guns were unregistered and had scuff marks consistent with being thrown from a moving vehicle and hitting the pavement at high speeds,” the affidavit says. “Both pistols were unloaded when found.”
After giving up the chase, Tonn resumed monitoring Snapchat and saw another video from Blakeley, the affidavit says.
“We lost them both, but got my bitch ass out of there...,” Blakeley allegedly said on the video, adding that he referred to “Nascar.”
“The reference to ‘Nascar’ is street slang for leading police on a vehicle pursuit at high speeds,” the affidavit says, adding that “lost them both” referred to the pistols.
A criminal complaint charging both men with being a felon in possession of a firearm was filed June 7 in federal court, and both men were arrested.
Blakeley has a February 2013 felony conviction for carrying a loaded firearm in public, court records state, and Luckey has an October 2012 felony conviction for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.
Both men were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday, and have been ordered held in custody pending trial.