Atwater police arrested a 42-year-old Winton resident early Monday after he reportedly shot at a car of people.
At Atwater patrol officer was near East Bellevue Road and Buhach Road just after midnight Monday when he heard gunshots coming from farther down on Buhach Road, near Juniper Avenue, according to a news release.
When he pulled up to the signal, he saw a white Nissan pickup truck speeding north on Buhach Road, and then running a red light at the East Bellevue Road intersection, the release states.
Police started to pursue the truck when a second vehicle pulled up to the patrol vehicle and its occupants reportedly told police the driver of the truck fired shots at them.
The truck slowed near the railroad crossing before speeding towards Santa Fe Drive and turning west toward Winton, police said.
Police ended up pulling over the vehicle near Castle Air Museum and backup units arrived, according to the release.
Police told the driver to stay inside, but he reportedly got out, police said. He was ordered to the ground and taken into custody without incident.
The driver was identified as 42-year-old Armando Castillo, who is a Winton resident according to Merced County Jail records.
During an investigation, Atwater police located a 9mm handgun, a spent 9mm casing inside the truck and a sunglasses case that contained a sandwich bag full of methamphetamine, according to the release.
A bullet hole also was located on the door of the victim's vehicle.
Castillo was arrested and booked into Merced County Jail for assault with a firearm, firing a gun from a vehicle and possession of methamphetamine, according to the release.
He was in custody Tuesday morning at the John Latorraca Correctional Center with a $310,000 bond amount, according to jail records.