One arrested after Hemet traffic stop yields weapons, drugs
HEMET – Hemet Police officers arrested a man in the area of 225 S. Elk Street Thursday, June 30, at about 2:20 a.m. The arrest came after an officer located weapons, narcotics, and items during a traffic stop. The subject was later booked for eight felonies and one misdemeanor.
The officer conducted the traffic enforcement stop after observing a vehicle code violation. During the traffic stop, the officer conducted a records check and learned the driver, who was identified as John Loyal Runnels, 54, of Hemet, was on probation for possession of a controlled substance.
Based on his probation terms, officers searched Runnels’ vehicle and located a loaded firearm, methamphetamine, items associated with the sales of methamphetamine, pepper spray, and a stun gun.
Based on their investigations, officers arrested the driver of the vehicle and transported him to the Southwest Detention Center.
Runnels was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance for sales, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, being a felon in possession of pepper spray, being a felon in possession of a “stun gun”, possession of stolen firearm, and probation violation.
Runnels is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta July 5.
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