Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

Car chase reaches speeds of 90 mph before the crash

A short car pursuit led to the arrest of two local men and confiscation of a loaded gun, authorities said.

Sheriff's Deputy Richard Donaldson attempted to pull over a vehicle on Childs Avenue in Crescent City after it ran a stop sign around 12:15 p.m. on Monday, but the driver refused to stop, said sheriff's Commander Bill Steven.

The pursuit hit speeds up to 90 mph but ended quickly when the car crashed into a fence at the end of Meridian Street, Steven said.

The driver, Adam Nott, 25, of Crescent City, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, evading a peace officer and driving without a license. Authorities found a loaded .38-caliber handgun in the car, Steven said.

Nott's passenger, Zachariah Dungan, 30, of Crescent City, fled the car and was located about an hour later covered in mud in a swamp west of the cemetery, Steven said.

When they searched Dungan, authorities found a methamphetamine pipe and a small amount of meth, Steven said.

Dungan was arrested on suspicion of possessing meth, resisting arrest and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Steven said.

"It turned out to be a pretty good bust for Deputy Donaldson," said Steven.

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