SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KRON) – A man was arrested during a traffic stop early Sunday morning for DUI and possession of a loaded gun, according to Santa Rosa Police.
At around 1:15 a.m., a sergeant conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations about fifteen minutes after a report of hearing possible gunshots. The driver, Gerson Rivas, had an expended .38 caliber bullet casing sitting on his lap and a loaded 6-shot revolver on the front passenger floorboard, police said.
The 26-year-old was also smoking a marijuana joint when the sergeant contacted him. Rivas was determined to be driving under the influence and found to be on probation out of Sonoma County, according to SRPD.
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His driver’s license was suspended from a prior DUI. Another expended .38 caliber bullet casing was found during a search of his vehicle, police said.
Rivas was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for the following charges:
- Possession of loaded firearm not registered
- Possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle
- Drive a vehicle with loaded firearm in vehicle
- Violation of probation
- Drive with a suspended driver’s license for DUI