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Livermore police arrest Stockton man for alleged drugs and assault weapon after chase

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Livermore police arrested a Stockton man on Sunday morning for allegedly possessing an assault weapon and drugs, after a foot chase resulted in a police dog cornering him in a hole near a creek.

Police stopped a black Honda Accord around 11 p.m. Saturday near Airway Boulevard and Isabel Avenue for suspected vehicle code violations. The driver, 20-year-old Darnell Bazile-Chambers from Stockton, was allegedly driving without a valid driver's license.

Police also allegedly saw illegal drugs inside the car. While police searched the car, Bazile-Chambers fled, ignoring an officer's commands to stop. He ran northbound across Airway Boulevard, jumped a barbed-wire fence and went through a canal, police said.

Livermore Police Department K-9 Officer Max located Darnell Bazile-Chambers, 20, of Stockton, Calif., in Livermore on July 8, 2023 after Chambers ran from officers during a traffic stop. Bazile-Chambers was arrested on gun and drug charges. Livermore Police Department via Bay City News

Officers also allegedly found an unserialized short-barrel assault rifle in the vehicle's trunk. Police, with help from K9 Max, found the suspect hiding in a man-made hole along a creek near Interstate Highway 580 around 12:40 a.m. Sunday. Bazile-Chambers was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

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