LIVERMORE -- Police arrested a Livermore man they say fired gunshots in the presence of a police officer then sped off with a Tracy woman on a chase through a residential neighborhood.

Juan Carlos Preciado and Celene Resendiz, both 23, were arrested Sunday at the end of the police chase, which started when police heard shots fired from their car and ended when Resendiz crashed into a power pole, Livermore police Officer Steve Goard said. Preciado, a gang member most recently arrested for drug sales July 30, admitted to owning and firing the handgun as a patrol officer looked on, Goard added.

Juan Carlos Preciado, Celene Resendiz
Juan Carlos Preciado, Celene Resendiz (Livermore Police Department)

The officer, who was patrolling the area of North Livermore Avenue and Walnut Street, spotted the black Ford Taurus about 2 a.m. parked in the middle of Walnut Street with its headlights off, Goard said. As the officer turned around to check on the suspicious vehicle, he heard two gunshots fired from the window and watched as it peeled off down the street.

The officer followed the suspects in his marked patrol car, and they refused to stop when he tried to pull them over, Goard said. Within minutes, the car crashed into a PG&E power pole in the 600 block of Sixth Street, and the uninjured suspects were immediately apprehended.

While Preciado admitted to owning and firing the gun, which was recovered on Walnut Street a short time later, police have been unable to determine where he was shooting or what he was shooting at, Goard said. Investigators did not find any shell casings or bullet holes in any objects, and nobody was injured by the gunfire.

Preciado, who is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon, was booked into Santa Rita Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, resisting arrest and violating parole. Resendiz was arrested for evading police with reckless disregard for the public, and has since posted bail.

Preciado remains in jail without bail, Goard said. The shooting investigation is ongoing.

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