A San Joaquin County man with warrants in multiple counties is wanted by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office after fleeing from a vehicle during a traffic stop in Tuolumne early Friday morning.
About 1:15 a.m., a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a black Chevrolet Tahoe SUV on Yosemite Road West near the intersection with Hershey Road West for a malfunctioning brake light, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.
According to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release, the deputy approached the vehicle and saw three occupants inside.
When the deputy saw a gun under the driver’s seat, Benson said, the suspect fled out of the passenger side door into a heavily wooded area bordering Yosemite Road.
Five additional deputies and one California Highway Patrol officer responded after the firearm was found, Benson said. When at least one other deputy responded, the suspect was pursued in the heavily wooded area.
The deputy later returned to assist with the traffic stop and canvassed the area during his shift, Benson said, but the suspect was not found.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, a loaded, unregistered pistol and 0.28 grams of methamphetamine were found under the driver’s side seat. An unloaded rifle was found under the passenger side seat, Benson said.
Clay Aho, 29, of Tuolumne, was arrested for possession of a concealed and loaded unregistered pistol while in possession of methamphetamine.
Aho was previously arrested on May 17, 2016, in Tuolumne on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety and misdemeanor drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.
The third person in the SUV, a woman, was released without charges, the press release stated.
The wanted suspected has been identified as Alexandro Xavier, 25, of Farmington, San Joaquin County. Xavier is wanted on a Tuolumne County traffic warrant, drug charge warrants in San Joaquin County and for a weapons charge by the Escalon Police Department.
Xavier was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 135 pounds, and at the time of the traffic stop was dressed in a light-colored Carhartt jacket with a dark shirt underneath.
At the time, his beard was fuller than what was pictured in an old booking photo, the press release stated.
Anyone with information about Xavier’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 533-5815.
Xavier was arrested by the Sonora Police Department in August 2013 for Escalon warrants felony possession of a controlled substance and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and a Ripon warrant for possession of hash oil.
Xavier was additionally charged with felony possession of a device used to manufacture hash oil when a PVC pipe drilled with holes and “containing marijuana” was also found in the vehicle, a Sonora Police Department news release stated.