Pulled over Wednesday afternoon for having tinted windows on his Jeep Cherokee, Uriel Martinez, 28, of Modesto, was arrested for carrying a loaded handgun, driving on a suspended license and for a warrant.
Martinez was pulled over atop the Whitmore freeway overpass at 2:27 p.m. by Ceres Police Officer Fredrico Ortiz who quickly learned the driver had a suspended license and a warrant for his arrest. Ortiz searched the vehicle prior to it being towed and located a 100-round box of 9mm ammunition and a loaded 9mm Ruger SR9c semi-automatic pistol with 10 rounds in the magazine.
Martinez said the gun and ammunition were his and that he bought them three days prior from a homeless man who helped him move. However, the gun was registered to a Modesto man. Ortiz made unsuccessful attempts to contact the registered gun owner.
Martinez was charged with misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and possession of a concealed loaded firearm in a vehicle. He was booked into the Public Safety Center without incident.