VACAVILLE (CBS13) — A man has been convicted on federal gun charges after a 2020 high-speed chase that ended in Vacaville with his car catching fire – and the ammunition inside exploding.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California said in a release on Monday that 42-year-old Hayward resident Eligio Nunez has been found guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms.READ MORE: Scott Peterson Set To Be Re-Sentenced For Murder Of Pregnant Wife
Prosecutors said the incident happened back on Aug. 7, 2020. Nunez led officers on a high-speed chase that day in a stolen Lexus.
Eventually, he bailed from the car in a grassy area off of Shelton Lane in Vacaville – but the car soon caught fire. The ammunition that was inside the car then exploded, officers said.READ MORE: Person, Cat Rescued From Citrus Heights Apartment Fire
Nunez was found in a dry creek bed and arrested. Officers said they later found three handguns inside the burned car.
Prosecutors noted that, with 10 previous felony convictions, Nunez was already prohibited from owning guns.MORE NEWS: Deputies Searching For Home Invasion Robber Who Targeted Mountain House Residence
With the latest federal conviction, Nunez is now facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is set to be sentenced on Nov. 23.