Parking Enforcement Officer Makes The Right Decision

Parking Enforcement Officer Makes The Right Decision

Suspect Was Arrested With a Heroin Injection Kit

SANTA CRUZ—Officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department arrested 30-year-old Santa Cruz resident David Steven Gomez after he was found driving a stolen car with drugs inside.

On Thursday, an alert Parking Enforcement Officer with the City Of Santa Cruz Police Department noticed a reported stolen vehicle parked on the 100 block of Church Street.  He called officers to the scene but as they arrived, Gomez had returned to the vehicle and started to leave the area.

Officers followed him until they stopped the vehicle at the public parking lot at Cedar Drive and Cathcart Street.  Officer used a “high-risk” stop, witch is standard procedure for a stolen vehicle.

David Gomez Booking Photo

David Gomez Booking Photo

Gomez was taken into custody at gunpoint.  “We just never know what the driver of a stolen vehicle has been up too or what they are planning.” Santa Cruz Police Department’s Deputy Chief Steve Clark wrote in the Department’s weekly Blog.

After taken Gomez into custody, Officers searched his vehicle and found a loaded revolver.  A further search revealed heroin and a full heroin injection kit, that contained needles, tie offs, alcohol wipes, cooking caps and cotton balls that were packaged in a plastic container.

Officers also found power tools and identification of other people in the vehicle.  Mr. Gomez was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of vehicle thief, possession of narcotics, carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle or public place and carrying a loaded firearm.

His bail has been set at 25,000.00 dollars.  He has also has been affiliated with a Sureno Street Gang.

The stolen vehicle was returned to its rightful owner.

Read More:

Santa Cruz Police Department Blog: Alert Parking Enforcement Officer Reports Stolen Car That Leads to Arrest for Drugs and Gun

Parking Enforcement Officer Makes The Right Decision was last modified: March 14th, 2014 by admin
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