An unlawful application of vehicle registration tags led to a Nov. 29 car stop in which the driver had drugs, a handgun and a stolen vehicle.
At 10:55 a.m. Officer Adam Hall stopped the vehicle in the 2100 block of E. Hatch Road because the registration expired in 2015 but it was displaying 2020 tags.
Officer Hall approached driver Raven Lonewarrior, 21, of Ceres, and a male passenger and noticed a baseball bat between the center console and passenger seat. Marijuana was also in plain sight in near the gearshift on the center console.
Lonewarrior was found to be unlicensed to drive and was asked to step out of the vehicle because he was being arrested. Lonewarrior refused and resisted attempts to remove him so additional officers arrived to assist. During the struggle, a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun – later determined to be stolen in Stockton – was seen tucked in Lonewarrior’s waistband. Officer Hall grabbed the handgun as he struggled with officers.
Lonewarrior was subdued and handcuffed. A search of the vehicle turned up two bags of suspected methamphetamine.
Lonewarrior faces charges of possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of stolen property, resisting a police officer and driving without a license.