David Flores and Jorge Serratos
Ventura County – There isn’t much that could ruin a pleasant Tuesday late afternoon drive through one’s own residential environs in the City of Oxnard…unless you happened to have been pulled over by an Oxnard Police Department patrol unit driven by a uniformed cop who is of the impression that your driving may not be quite up to California Vehicle Code standards.
That appears to be exactly what happened at approximately 4:40 p.m. on June 6th, when a car driven by 26-year-old Jorge Serratos of Oxnard was pulled curbside for what Oxnard Police Department spokesman Ofcr. Jared Battles described as a routine “enforcement stop.”
Traveling as Serratos’ passenger was Oxnard resident 19 year-old David Flores. As is common in today’s field operations protocols, the IDs of both Flores and Serratos were researched and it was determined that Serratos had multiple outstanding arrest warrants in his name while also “on probation with search terms,” pursuant to which his vehicle was then the subject of a visual examination.
That search of Serratos’ vehicle revealed a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the car, along with “a high capacity magazine.” Considering Serratos’ terms of probation and the legislated proscription against possessing loaded firearms in a moving vehicle, both Serratos and Flores were taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail for booking on multiple firearms charges.
Serratos was additionally charged with probation violation, but somehow managed to avoid being charged for any traffic violation.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking