Blown Stop Sign Leads to Firearms Arrest

Blown Stop Sign Leads to Firearms Arrest

Ventura County – In the first place, you have to wonder how many arrests began with a blown stop sign?

It’s always a good idea to carefully obey motor vehicle laws when driving with a loaded gun in your car. 23-year-old Oxnard resident Connor Gehrke apparently didn’t know, or remember, this. On the afternoon of July 17th he rolled through a stop sign in downtown Ventura.

Here’s one guy who didn’t stop

That moment of driving oversight soon had a VPD patrol unit behind him with flashing red lights. When the cop checked the DMV database, he realized that Gehrke was driving on a suspended license.

Operating a vehicle without a valid license leads to the vehicle being immediately impounded. Prior to the tow truck hauling Gehrke’s car away, however, the cop took a peek inside the trunk.  That is when he discovered “a loaded shotgun” and an undisclosed amount of “controlled substances.”

Here’s what the officer discovered

What was initially a simple traffic ticket quickly became a felony arrest.   handcuffed and transported to Ventura County Jail, Gehrke faces several charges. These include –

  • felony possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle;
  • possession of a controlled substance with a firearm;
  • possession of a firearm by a felon.

He remains held at Ventura County Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

Blown Stop Sign Leads to Firearms Arrest was last modified: July 23rd, 2018 by admin
Categories: Ventura
Tags: drugs, gun