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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Felon Arrested After High-Speed Chase in Vacaville Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Guns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Eligio Nunez, 41, of Hayward, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb to nine years in prison for being a felon in possession of three firearms, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

After a three-day trial in August 2021, a federal jury found Nunez guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms. According to evidence presented at trial, on Aug. 7, 2020, Nunez led police in a high-speed chase while driving a stolen Lexus. He ended the pursuit by abandoning the car in a grassy area off of Shelton Lane in Vacaville. After running from police, he was apprehended by officers in a dry creek bed. Just after he fled on foot, the car caught fire, which caused ammunition inside the car to explode. Later, an investigation found three handguns inside the burned car, which the jury found Nunez to have possessed. Nunez was prohibited from possessing firearms a result of his 10 felony convictions, which include assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, evading a peace officer, and two drug trafficking offenses.

This case was the product of an investigation by the FBI and the Vacaville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason Hitt and Paul A. Hemesath prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 23, 2021