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Three men arrested after car chase, crash into police vehicle

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Alexis Rodriguez (Source: Sierra Vista Police Department) Alexis Rodriguez (Source: Sierra Vista Police Department)
Manuel Corona (Source: Sierra Vista Police Department) Manuel Corona (Source: Sierra Vista Police Department)
Gerardo Niebla (Source: Sierra Vista Police Department) Gerardo Niebla (Source: Sierra Vista Police Department)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Three men were booked into the Cochise County Jail following a car chase that ended in a collision with a police vehicle Thursday morning.

Sierra Vista Police say an officer spotted a driver in a red sedan riding the median lane on State Route 90 around 20 miles per hour below the marked speed limit.

It was around 1:30 a.m. when the officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver accelerated westbound on Fry Boulevard, according to police.

The officer said the driver failed to stop at a stop sign near El Camino Real and Cardinal Drive, and then threw an item out the car window which was later determined to be a rifle with a silencer.

The driver reached a dead end, made a quick U-turn and reportedly rammed into a police vehicle. The driver and two passengers fled from the car but were quickly apprehended by police.

The driver, 26-year-old Alexis A. Rodriguez, of Douglas, was charged with unlawful flight, being a prohibited possessor of a firearm, misconduct with a weapon, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault on an officer. 

Manuel Corona, 21, of Sierra Vista, was charged with being a prohibited possessor of a firearm, misconduct with a weapon, tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gerardo C. Niebla, 18, of Pirtleville, was charged with misconduct with a weapon and tampering with evidence.

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