LEMOORE — After being stopped for speeding in a school zone, 22-year-old Eric Cline was arrested on suspicion of having a loaded gun in his car and other charges, police said.
On Friday at about 2:45 p.m., Lemoore Police said a Youth Development Officer was conducting after-school traffic enforcement in the 500 block of West Bush Street near a heavily-traveled Lemoore Elementary School crosswalk.
Police said the traffic enforcement was a result of school and parent complaints of speeding cars and cars failing to yield for students at the crosswalk.
Police said the officer used a radar detector to record the speed of a white Cadillac sedan driving westbound on West Bush Street approaching the crosswalk at 31 mph in a 25 mph marked school zone.
Officers said the 25 mph speed limit was due to the school just being dismissed and children being present.
The officer also noticed the vehicle didn’t have a front license plate displayed, which is another traffic violation, police said.
Police said the officer conducted a traffic stop on the Cadillac, which had pulled over in the area of West Bush and Vine streets. They said Cline, who is from Lemoore, was the only person in the car.
During the traffic stop, police said the officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car and also saw a marijuana joint in the center console’s ash tray.
Police said the officer noticed Cline displaying visible impairment symptoms and asked him to step out of the car for further investigation.
Cline gave consent to the officer to search the vehicle and police said the officer found a loaded .40 caliber pistol in a bag behind the passenger seat on the floorboard.
Police said a records check of the firearm revealed it was reported stolen out of Fresno.
Furthermore, a criminal history search of Cline revealed he was a convicted felon and prohibited from owning a firearm and/or ammunition, police said.
Authorities said Cline was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, felon in possession of a loaded firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a loaded firearm within 1,000 feet of a school zone and possession of a stolen firearm.
Officials said Cline’s bail was set at $85,000.