Thursday, June 26, 2008

Traffic Stop Turns Up Knife, Drugs

Deputies arrested a 45-year-old man on felony charges Wednesday after they say he was hiding a large knife under his shirt during a traffic stop in Naples Park.

Patrick Alvarez, 15117 Royal Fern Court, North Naples, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of cocaine and possession of narcotic equipment.

Arrest reports say Alvarez was driving a black Chevrolet truck on the wrong side of 101st Avenue North around 9:30 p.m. when deputies pulled him over near the intersection at 8th Street North.

Alvarez repeatedly squirmed in his seat and moved his hands towards his waist as if he was attempting to get something, reports said. Deputies suspecting Alvarez might have a weapon asked him to get out of the car.

Once out of the car Alvarez refused to comply with deputies' instructions and reached to his waist, pulling up his shirt, reports said. Deputies restrained him and frisked him, locating a large camouflage folding knife with a 4 inch serrated blade clipped to the inside of his waistband under his shirt.

Deputies also turned up a small plastic container with 35 pieces of crack cocaine and a crack pipe inside Alvarez's pants pockets, reports said. A search of his truck turned up another crack pipe, reports said.