SAN FRANCISCO – In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 21st, officers from the Bayview station patrolling the area near Newhall and LaSalle Streets were suspicious of a car parked in a manner obstructing the sidewalk.
According to a statement released by the department, officers observed a man standing on the sidewalk in discussion with a woman sitting in the driver’s seat. Officers approached and asked the man on the outside who the car belonged to. He replied that the vehicle belonged to his sister. Then, without warning, the man took off running, holding tightly to his waistband as he fled.
Officers were able to apprehend him and proceeded to search his person. Police found a loaded 9mm pistol, multiple rocks of crack cocaine, and methamphetamine. 38-year-old Melvin Priestly of San Francisco was taken to Bayview station and booked on numerous charges, including possession of a firearm and controlled substances, possession of controlled substances and cocaine base for sale, carrying a loaded and concealed firearm in public with intent to commit a felony, and resisting arrest.
The driver of the vehicle, 38-year-old Samantha Bennett, also of San Francisco, was found to be in possession of a glass pipe. She was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia and released.