Man claiming to be ‘Mad Max’ arrested for ‘numerous illegal weapons’

BARSTOW, Calif. – An armed man who claimed to be “Mad Max” was arrested while driving an all-terrain vehicle in Barstow, California shortly before midnight, authorities announced Friday.

An illegally sawed-off shotgun allegedly found on Jack Lee Ernest is shown in a photo distributed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on June 23, 2017.

Jack Lee Ernest, 49, told the arresting deputy that he “fashioned himself as ‘Mad Max,’ a reference to a violent movie involving deadly assaults from vehicles,” stated a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Ernest was driving a quad on Old Highway 58, which runs north of town and mostly parallel to the 15 Freeway, about 11 p.m. Thursday when Deputy Kenneth Bubier stopped him due to the “suspicious late hour,” the release stated.

Ernest tried to flee and behaved suspiciously, prompting Bubier to detain him.

A pat-down search revealed Ernest carrying “numerous illegal weapons,” including a sawed-off shotgun with “ammunition tactically attached to it for easy access.” He also allegedly wore two large knives positioned for easy access, and had brass knuckles.

Ernest, a Barstow resident, was booked into the desert city’s jail on suspicion of possession of illegal weapons. His bail was set at $30,000. His ATV was towed and is in storage.

A booking photo of Ernest is not being released.