Alleged Driver Arrested in Huntington Beach Pursuit That Lead to Officer Opening Fire

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A man suspected of leading police on a pursuit in Huntington Beach that ended with an officer opening fire early Sunday morning was found and arrested later that evening, authorities said Monday.

Adrian Coates is seen in a photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Adrian Coates is seen in a photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Adrian Coates, 18, was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle that was involved in a pursuit and felony traffic stop at about 2:50 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

During the traffic stop, Coates allegedly made a U-turn and accelerated toward officers, resulting one police officer opening fire, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Coates allegedly continued driving past officers and fled the area, according to the news release.

The vehicle was located a short distance away and investigators were able to find and arrest Coates at about 11 p.m.

Coates was uninjured and indicated he had not been hit by the officer’s gunfire during the incident, according to the news release.

Coates was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and booked into jail.

Initial reports indicated there were at least two occupants in the stolen vehicle, but it was unclear if authorities were searching for anyone else in the connection with the case.

Coates was being held on $50,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Anyone with additional information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7055 or 714-647-7000.

Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at

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