Two alleged gang members were charged Tuesday in connection with a police chase that led to a crash that injured three bystanders in Santa Ana.

The driver in the chase, Steven Alex Zuniga, 26, was charged with single counts each of participating in criminal street gang activity, possession of a firearm by a felon, being an active participant carrying a loaded firearm in public, an active gang member having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, evading a peace officer-reckless driving and failure to stop at a hit-and-run accident with injuries, all felonies. He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest and faces sentencing enhancements for gang activity.

The passenger who bailed before the crash — 22-year-old Alexis Ramirez — was charged with participating in criminal street gang activity, possession of a firearm by a felon, being an active participant in a gang carrying a loaded firearm in public, active gang member having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, all felonies. He also faces sentencing enhancements for criminal gang activity.

Officers who were down the street from the two in traffic about 5:40 p.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of West First Street heard their car stereo and tried to pull them over, but they kept going, said Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Ramirez got out of the car there and tried to run away, but police caught up with him, Bertagna said.

Zuniga kept going, but crashed into another car at Sullivan and Fifth streets, injuring three people in the other vehicle, Bertagna said. The injuries were not considered life-threatening, Bertagna added.

Zuniga ran away, but with help from police in a helicopter he was found hiding in the back of a home nearby, Bertagna said.

The defendants’ arraignment on Tuesday in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana was rescheduled for April 29.

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