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Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Leading Deputies on Pursuit in Campo

A man wanted on an outstanding federal warrant was arrested on multiple charges Thursday, after leading deputies on a brief pursuit through Campo.

Deputies also discovered bags of marijuana and a loaded submachine gun in his vehicle after he crashed at the end of the chase.

It happened in Campo, which is about 50 miles east of the City of San Diego.

Eric Oxenham, 22, was already wanted for alien smuggling in an outstanding federal warrant. He is also facing charges for evading police, being a felon in possession of a firearm and other firearm-related offenses.

The pursuit began when a deputy noticed Oxenham at Potrero Valley Road and Highway 94, due to his cracked windshield. His car was also missing registration tabs required by law.

When the deputy attempted to stop him, Oxenham drove off, rapidly speeding away on Potrero Valley Road.

The deputy pursued him for less than two miles until the driver careened onto a side road and struck a fence post. The impact flipped the vehicle on its side.

Once the deputy got to the car, Oxenham climbed out of the driver's window and was taken into custody.

Deputies found three gallon-sized bags of marijuana along with a loaded gun inside Oxenham's car.

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