The suspicious actions of a man who was violating probation led to his Thursday evening arrest with new charges of drug possession.
Officer Eric Souza was on patrol at 7:35 p.m. when he saw a vehicle pulling out of the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Richland Avenue. The driver, Francisco Carrillo, 43, of Turlock, made eye contact with the officer and then put his vehicle in reverse and backed back into the lot and into a parking stall. Souza suspected the driver was up to something and followed the Honda.
Carrillo got out of his car and told Officer Souza that he was wanted for absconding from probation and had been on the run for a couple of months. Officer Souza checked and learned that Carrillo had a felony warrant for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance for sales. Carrillo was arrested and admitted he had methamphetamine in the car. About a gram of meth was found in a search of the center console.
Carrillo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, probation violations and the warrant.