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Suspect Sweet faces three charges
Ceres Cop Car

Joseph Sweet, 39, of Ceres, faces three charges stemming from a stop of his car on Hatch Road on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 15.

At 4:30 p.m. a Ceres Police officer stopped Sweet for weaving in and out of lanes as he drove his red Chevy Lumina on Hatch Road from Herndon Avenue. Sweet finally stopped the car on the Hatch Road freeway overpass and avoided eye contact with the officer. Sweet admitted to not having a license and was asked to step out of the car. At that moment Sweet announced that he had a B-B gun in his pocket. The officer pushed Sweet up against the car and called for backup. When he tried to handcuff Sweet the suspect resisted and tried to pull his arm away. Control holds were placed on Sweet to handcuff him.

A B-B gun - it did not have its proper markings and looked like a high-caliber gun - was found in Sweet's pocket. As a convicted felon, Sweet was illegally in possession of pepper spray. During his booking at the jail the officer noticed Sweet had something in his mouth which he spit out. It was determined to be a small amount of methamphetamine.

Sweet was booked into the County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, obstructing a police officer, and being a felon in possession of tear gas.