Quad Driving Mad Max Distributist Arrested With Cache Of Illegal Firearms.....


BARSTOW >> A Barstow man on a quad claiming to be “Mad Max” was arrested Thursday night after they found a cache of illegal weapons including a sawed-off shotgun, officials said. Jack Lee Ernest, 39, had several weapons, including brass knuckles, two knives -- which deputies say “Ernest had positioned for tactical access” -- and the shotgun, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s Barstow station officials. Around 11 p.m., Deputy Kenneth Bubier noticed someone riding a quad in the area of Old Highway 58 and Leona Road, according to a news release. Because of the late hour, Bubier attempted to pull over the rider, later identified as Ernest, officials said. According to sheriff’s officials, Ernest initially tried to get away. When he pulled over, Ernest started behaving suspiciously, so he was detained. During the stop and after the deputy found the weapons, Ernest claimed he fashioned himself as Mad Max, a character from a film series about a post-apocalyptic world in which roving gangs of heavily armed scavengers engage in car-to-car battles. Bubier arrested Ernest on suspicion of possession of illegal weapons. Ernest was booked at the Barstow Jail with bail set at $30,000. The quad was towed. Source 

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