Brief police chase ends in Merced arrest

A suspected drunken driver with a felony criminal history led Merced police on a short chase over the weekend, the Police Department reported Sunday.

Elton Ervin, 51, of Merced was arrested about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of West Eighth Street, Sgt. Curt Gorman said in a news release.

Ervin got into an argument a few minutes earlier with at least one person at Gilbert Macias Park on G Street in Merced. Ervin later told police he was fighting with his girlfriend, officers said.

Officers responded to the park and learned that a man, later identified as Ervin, had left the park in a tan Cadillac and was believed to be armed, Gorman said.

Officer Christian Lupian spotted the suspect vehicle and started after it as the car drove away, police said.

A witness told police the driver had thrown a firearm out of the car as he drove away. The type of firearm involved was not released, but the gun was recovered, police said.

“Officer Lupian tried to make an enforcement stop on Ervin and he refused to stop,” Gorman said.

The driver pulled over a short time later and was taken into custody. Officers said they noticed the odor of alcohol on Ervin’s breath and determined he was driving under the influence.

A criminal history revealed that Irvin is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition, police said.

Details on Ervin’s prior criminal convictions were not available Sunday.

Ervin was booked at the Merced Main Jail on suspicion of being felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and a concealed firearm in a vehicle. He was also booked for DUI, vehicle pursuit and driving with a suspended license, police said.