Man Arrested Near Freeway while Nodding Out in His Car with a Loaded Handgun
Photo: gun and pipes
BERKELEY — Sirclinton R. Nelson, 38 of Oakland, was nabbed while nodding out near a freeway ramp with a loaded handgun. Three meth pipes were found in his possession, and his car with the engine running was sporadically lurching forward.
A passerby reported a BMW on the wrong side of the road at the beginning of rush hour on June 24. It was partially blocking University Avenue at 5:38 a.m., near Interstate 80.
A responding officer knocked on the door attempting to rouse the driver, before spotting a handgun in his lap. Then the officer quickly opened the door and retrieved the handgun.
Backup units were dispatched to the scene, and when the additional officers arrived the ignition was switched off. During a search of the car that followed, officers found a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine and three glass pipes.
The handgun was also confiscated as evidence, along with ammunition and an
Nelson who is no stranger to incarceration was arrested and transported to Santa Rita Jail. Nelson was booked for six weapons and drug-related charges, and violation of parole. He remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bond.
Nelson has been arrested numerous times dating back to 2001. He recently spent three years in prison for assaulting a police officer, and another three years for vehicle theft. He has also been jailed and spent time in prison for drug dealing.