Traffic stop ends in arrest on drug, weapon charges
A Rough and Ready man who was stopped because he reportedly was recognized as being a driver with a suspended license ended up going to jail on a number of more serious drug and weapons charges Wednesday.
A California Highway Patrol officer saw Kevin Allan Saso, 27, exiting the highway onto McKnight Way and making a sudden turn into the Kmart parking lot at about 9:30 a.m., said CHP spokesman Greg Tassone.
That officer had arrested Saso in late July and charged him with being an unlicensed driver, according to court records.
The officer looped around to pull into the lot, where Saso had grabbed a backpack, jumped out of the vehicle and sat on the ground, acting like he was waiting for a ride, Tassone said.
Saso reportedly was showing signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and was determined to be under the influence after a field evaluation. He also was found to have $50,000 in warrants out of Placer County, according to Tassone.
Saso was taken into custody and his vehicle was impounded, Tassone said. A search of the vehicle and the backpack reportedly uncovered a loaded .45 handgun that had been reported stolen out of Nevada County, as well as a small amount of packaged marijuana and a “fairly large” quantity of assorted prescription medication.
Saso is facing a long list of charges that include being in possession of stolen property, driving under the influence of a drug, carrying a concealed firearm in public, and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription.
He also was arrested on suspicion of being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm, Tassone said, explaining that he is a “qualifying addict.”
Narcotics drug addicts are prohibited from owning or acquiring a firearm, under the same section of the state penal code that applies to ex-felons.
Saso remains in county jail in lieu of $52,698 bail.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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