The Blotter | Man arrested, found with ‘ghost gun’

A man on probation was arrested when found working on a van that was reported stolen. The incident happened on Aug. 27 near Fairmont Avenue and Pearl Street in Oakland.

Officers came upon the suspect at 4:40 p.m. as he was working on a black Mercedes Sprinter van. The individual gave officers his ID and told them he was on probation. The man then went in the back of the van, according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan.

A records check showed the suspect was on probation for home invasion and also for possessing a firearm. The van had been reported stolen in Oakland.

The van was searched and a .357 “ghost gun” with one round in the chamber was found, according to Monahan. (Ghost guns are unserialized and untraceable firearms that can be bought online and assembled at home.)

The man was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and charged with a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with a prior conviction, violation of parole, possession of a stolen vehicle and receiving stolen property.

On Aug. 28 at 11:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to Sandringham Road and Estates Drive after a report of a vehicle collision. A black 2009 Nissan Altima four-door sedan was located with a flat front tire and “fresh” collision damage, according to Monahan.

A license check for the female suspect in the vehicle’s driver’s seat showed suspensions for various driving offenses, including prior DUIs. Officers observed an open container of beer in the vehicle and reported signs of intoxication, according to Monahan. He added that the driver told officers she had been drinking.

Officers attempted to conduct field sobriety tests and the suspect “refused to complete the tests on the scene,” according to Monahan. The driver also refused preliminary alcohol screening tests and to submit to a breath or blood test on the scene “despite her current active probation status that states she may not refuse such test,” Monahan said.

A “blood draw warrant” was obtained and the suspect was eventually taken to Santa Rita Jail for DUI and hit-and-run.

On Aug. 31 at 2:16 p.m., the city’s Automated License Plate Reader system recorded a hit on a silver 2013 Hyundai Electra on Sylvan Way. A Piedmont Police officer located the vehicle parked on Nova Drive. Officers eventually approached the vehicle and found it unoccupied. No driver was located or identified.

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