Pismo Beach traffic stop nets gun and two arrests

April 16, 2023


During a traffic stop this weekend, Pismo Beach police officers confiscated a gun and arrested both a suspect wanted on a felony warrant and a person on parole.

At 11:58 p.m. Friday, officers stopped a car for vehicle violations, according to the Pismo Beach Police Department. Six people visiting from out of the area were inside the car.

Investigators discovered the driver and a passenger both had warrants. Another passenger was on California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole, police say.

Officers detained all occupants of the vehicle and searched the car. They found a loaded 9mm handgun on the floor of the backseat where the parolee was sitting. The firearm was a ghost gun with no serial number.

Police cited the driver for vehicle violations and for having an out-of-county misdemeanor warrant. They then released the driver. 

Officers arrested the passenger who had an out-of-county felony warrant. They also arrested the parolee for several felony weapons charges and for a parole violation. 

Authorities booked both individuals in San Luis Obispo County Jail.

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Why did you let the driver go when he had a warrant like the other guy? Also I feel they all should be in jail for having a gun where serial numbers were altered. You want to put more gun buying restrictions on law abiding citizens but don’t seem to hand out more penalties for the criminals as you know they don’t care about your gun buying rules. Seems you have the penalties back wards

The driver was let go , because driver will be prosecution witness in court . If the gun case makes it to trial

Good work, PBPD. Thanks for your service, and stay safe.