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Routine traffic stop ends in arrest

 

A vehicle stop for improper front lighting resulted in an arrest when the driver turned out to have three outstanding warrants.

Danville police Officer Paul Murphy made the stop at 10:40 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Camino Ramon and Sycamore Valley Road. When he ran the driver's license through the system, Murphy found the warrants and made an immediate arrest of the 29-year-old male, a Martinez resident.

The first warrant was for robbery, with $50,000 bail; the second warrant had two sections: felony possession of dangerous drugs and driving on a suspended license, with $10,000 bail; and the third warrant was for felony possession of dangerous drugs with no bail, according to reports.

Traffic stops can quickly become dangerous, said Lt. Mark Williams of the Danville Police Department.

"I get asked a lot, 'How come you guys need two cars on traffic stops?'" he said, explaining that is the department's procedure. "Things can go sideways extremely quickly."

"Sometimes warrants are associated with a license plate but that's rare," he added. "Usually a cop stops him, sees his license, registration and insurance, and runs him through the system. It lets us know if a person is wanted anywhere in the United States."

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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