Photo: K9 Cop
June 10, 2021 – Ventura County, Ca.
Indicating once again the potential dangers of responding to or making unnecessary visual contact with an expanding population of frustrated and angry motorists, on the morning of June 6 th Ventura Police Department patrol units were notified that someone was driving around brandishing what VPD spokesman Cmdr Matt Cain described as “a black semi-automatic style pistol” in an apparent series of road rage “incidents.”
The report received by VPD Dispatch included a description of the individual and the vehicle involved, including the vehicle’s license plate number.
It didn’t take long for other VPD units to spot the suspect vehicle driving through the city, whereupon a “high risk stop” was conducted. The driver, 32-year-old Steven Infante, was contacted and taken into custody at the scene. Uncertain as to what the vehicle might contain, officers summoned a K9 unit to “clear and search” Infante’s car.
It didn’t take long for the K9 unit to discover a “black pellet gun” closely resembling a genuine semi-automatic pistol. He canine cop also discovered “narcotics and other controlled substances,” undoubtedly earning himself great praise from his uniformed handler.
Infante was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of brandishing a replica firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura Police Department