Driver had no license, nor a serial number on his gun

Visalia police arrest two men after traffic stop, find unlicensed driver and an unserialized 9mm handgun

VISALIA – Visalia police stopped two men who had no license to drive or carry last week and one of them was on probation.

According to the Visalia Police Department, last Thursday, June 10 at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers with the special enforcement unit conducted a traffic stop for speeding and failure to use a turn signal. The driver, Matthew Tillery, 34, was found be unlicensed with a warrant for his arrest.

The front passenger, Matthew Esparza, 28, was found to be on probation with search terms associated with his probation status. Esparza was also found to have eight warrants for his arrest. A search of the vehicle was conducted. A loaded and unserialized 9mm handgun was located in the glove compartment. Both Esparza and Tillery were taken into custody and transported to Tulare County pretrial facility.

Visalia Police Logs

Saturday, June 12
At 12:15 a.m., officers with the special enforcement unit made contact with five individuals at a probationer’s residence on the 1700 Block of South Central Street. During the contact, an officer observed the muzzle of a partially-concealed rifle. Brian Terry, 51, claimed ownership of the rifle. Terry has at least one prior felony conviction and is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.

Friday, June 11
At 11:08 p.m., officers contacted Andrew Woods, 29, in his vehicle for parking in a parking stall without a disabled placard. Woods was found to be on active Tulare County probation with search terms. During a search of the vehicle officers located a loaded .22 Cal handgun and methamphetamine. Woods was taken into custody and transported to the Tulare County pretrial facility.

Thursday, June 10
At approximately 10:30 p.m., officers with the special enforcement unit conducted a traffic stop for failing to stop for a posted stop sign. The driver was found to be unlicensed. Open containers of alcohol were visible to officers. Upon further investigation, a search of the vehicle was conducted. A loaded .380 caliber pistol was located on the floorboard of the passenger seat where Vincent Fernandez, 20, was seated. Fernandez was taken into custody and transported to Tulare County pretrial facility.

At approximately 5 p.m., officers with the special enforcement unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle heavy window tint on the front side windows. Upon further investigation, a search of the vehicle was conducted. A short-barreled rifle was located inside the vehicle along with a large-capacity magazine. The driver, and sole occupant, Miguel Alvarez, 21, was taken into custody and transported to the Tulare County pretrial facility.

Monday, June 7
At 11:32 p.m., Visalia P.D. officers conducted a traffic stop at Locust Street and Mineral King Avenue. Officers contacted the driver of the vehicle Anthony Lott, 30, and the passenger Sean Harty, 39, and learned they were both on active CDC parole. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located an unregistered firearm and a high-capacity magazine. Both subjects were arrested and booked into custody at the Tulare County pretrial facility.

At 6:53 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to a call for service in regards to a female in distress at Ben Maddox and Walnut. During the call for service a black, 2003 Audi sedan, began driving erratically and staring at officers. The female identified the vehicle as being involved in harassment towards her. The vehicle also matched descriptions of prior “be on the lookout’s” of a possible DUI driver. Officers attempted a traffic stop on the Audi and the vehicle failed to yield. The suspect led officers on approximately a 25-mile pursuit that ended in the Ivanhoe. During the pursuit the suspect maintained speeds below the speed limits. The suspect eventually stopped and surrendered without further incident. There were no injuries or property damage during the pursuit. The suspect was identified as Roberto Hernandez Salcedo, 36. Salcedo was booked at the Tulare County Jail.

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