LINCOLN CITY — A Salem man allegedly fled from police on Monday after initially being pulled over during a traffic stop. After informing an officer that he was in possession of a handgun despite being a convicted felon, the man drove off, and the weapon vanished at some point during the ensuing chase.

Anthony Farley, 25, is charged with attempting to elude police, reckless driving and possession of a firearm by a felon and is currently being held at the Lincoln County Jail on $100,000 bail.

According to a police affidavit, Farley was pulled over on Dec. 27 by a Lincoln City police officer for a traffic stop. As the officer approached, Farley quickly informed the officer he was in possession of a firearm, which was sitting in the passenger’s seat of Farley’s vehicle. Farley allegedly told the officer he currently had a parole violation warrant but did not want to go back to prison, according to the affidavit.

Farley refused to exit the vehicle when asked to do so by the officer and refused to provide the officer with his identification. When asked to exit the vehicle, Farley stepped on the gas and drove into oncoming traffic, according to the affidavit.

The officer pursued Farley on Highway 101, reportedly observing Farley traveling 70 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per hour zone, while also failing to maintain his lane and drifting into oncoming traffic for at least three blocks. The affidavit claims that other vehicles were forced to maneuver out of Farley’s way to avoid a collision. After approximately three miles of the chase, Farley surrendered to police.

After taking Farley into custody, the officer performed a search of his vehicle, locating a handgun soft case next to the driver’s seat, several loaded Ruger handgun magazines and a rifle bullet in a cup holder. The firearm Farley previously said was in his possession could not be located, and the officer suspected it had been tossed out a window during the pursuit.

According to the affidavit, the officer proceeded to interview Farley and asked why he had said he had a gun during the traffic stop. Farley reportedly said he didn’t want to risk escalating the encounter, assuming the officer would have noticed the gun at some point during their conversation.

The officer asked Farley where he had thrown the firearm out of the window, which Farley did not respond to at first. The officer said he would give Farley some time to think about it, but when later asked the same question, Farley responded that he didn’t want to talk about it.

Farley informed the officer that he had been communicating with a friend during the pursuit, and shortly afterward, a woman reportedly showed up at the scene to ask about the vehicle.

While being transported to the jail, Farley reportedly told the officer he had the firearm “for self protection and because he enjoys shooting firearms.”

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