Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force agents arrested one man this month after a brief pursuit.
The driver of the car, who was the man authorities were seeking, was able to escape on foot. The incident was reported Nov. 9 after agents were conducting surveillance on a Maple Avenue residence.
They were looking for Gilbert Ayala, 27 -- a gang member and parolee who failed to report to his parole agent, according to a task force news release.
Ayala was on parole over possession of two stolen vehicles and a gang enhancement. While he was in prison, he was charged with manufacturing a weapon, according to the release.
Agents reported observing two people leave the home and get into a blue Honda Accord. The person who got into the driver's side of the vehicle was identified by agents as Ayala. Agents tried to pull over the car, but Ayala refused to stop, according to the release.
After a short pursuit, the vehicle came to a sudden stop and the occupants fled on foot.
A perimeter was set up with the assistance of the Merced County Sheriff's Department. The passenger, identified as Darien Davis, 18, was found and taken into custody after entering a residence. Ayala was able to escape.
The vehicle Ayala was driving was reported stolen to Merced police on Monday. Davis was booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Anyone with information about Ayala's whereabouts should call (209) 385-7326. Tips are kept confidential and callers can remain anonymous.