LEMOORE — A Lemoore man was arrested for driving under the influence while also in possession of a ghost gun Monday, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
Around 1:30 p.m., 28-year-old Michael Martinez was driving northbound on S. Dickenson Avenue in Riverdale when he nearly crashed into another motorist, according to a media release. A witness described Martinez’s gray Buick SUV going airborne approximately 20 feet and coming down to a stop.
Martinez then walked to a nearby farming business and asked to use a telephone, officials said. A worker there suspected Martinez was drunk. The worker followed Martinez back to his vehicle to prevent him from driving away. However, they noticed a handgun on the floor of his vehicle and called the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived and detained Martinez, who was found to have a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.
Deputies searched Martinez’s SUV and found a loaded ghost gun, which is a firearm law enforcement is unable to trace due to it not having a serial
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Ghost guns are commonly assembled by purchasing individual parts and
piecing them together, officials said. This assembly process is legal under federal law, however, the California Department of Justice requires a person to apply for a unique serial number.
Martinez was booked into the Fresno County Jail and faces charges of driving under the influence and the illegal possession of a firearm.
Anyone with additional information on Martinez can contact the Sheriff’s Office
at (559) 600-3111. You may also contact Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.