Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A fugitive from Arizona was arrested by a California Highway Patrol officer conducting a traffic stop in the Lake Los Angeles area near Palmdale, authorities said Wednesday.

Elmer Lomeli, 22, wanted on suspicion of aggravated assault, was taken into custody about 5 p.m. Monday, said CHP Officer Edgar Figueroa.

The CHP officer initiated a traffic stop because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, Figueroa said, and a records check showed that Lomeli was a wanted fugitive out of Cottonwood.

“After being arrested, Mr. Lomeli advised Officer (C.) McMichael that he had ingested four grams of methamphetamine during the traffic stop,” Figueroa said. “Officer McMichael requested an ambulance, and Mr. Lomeli was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released and taken to jail.”

— City News Service

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