RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- A local high school student is facing firearm charges, after a traffic stop revealed that he had a handgun, which was reported missing from the Miami Gardens Police Department, in his car.
The 17-year-old Dwyer student, of suburban West Palm Beach, was driving east on Westchester Drive in Riviera Beach, behind an unmarked police vehicle, according to the arrest report. The juvenile picked up a passenger, and then began to reverse at high speed, swerving from side to side.
The Riviera Beach Police officer turned his car around and followed the juvenile, the report says. When the officer pulled the car over in the 300 block of Canterbury Drive and walked towards the vehicle, he noticed the driver’s movements towards the center console of the vehicle. The officer asked the driver if there was anything in the vehicle he should know about, but he put his head down and did not answer.
When more officers arrived to the scene, the driver was asked to exit the vehicle. This time, when asked if there was anything in the vehicle, he told officers, “a pistol,” the report says.
Officers searched the vehicle and found a .25 caliber semi-automatic gun. A check of the serial number revealed that Miami Gardens Police had reported the weapon missing.
The juvenile faces one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor and carrying a concealed firearm. Bond is set at $3,000.
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