Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Estates Man Faces Firearm Charge

A Golden Gate Estates man intent on avoiding a traffic citation wound up with a concealed firearm charge as well Tuesday night, deputies say.

Arrest reports give this account: A deputy stopped Kile Hilliard on Immokalee Road near Wilson Boulevard shortly before 7 p.m. after seeing him weave in and out of traffic and determining by radar detection that he was driving 67 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Hilliard, 28, 3025 43rd Ave. N.E., denied speeding. He refused to sign the citation, told the deputy he wanted to inspect the radar device and demanded to speak with a supervisor.

When the supervisor arrived he told Hilliard he would not be allowed to inspect the radar device and explained that signing the citation was not an admission of guilt. Hilliard again refused to sign it.

At this point deputies ordered him out of his truck and charged him with refusing to accept and sign the citation.

While conducting an inventory of the truck’s contents before having it towed, deputies opened the center console and found a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun in a holster. The gun was loaded and one bullet was in the chamber. Next to the holster was a fully loaded magazine of 10 bullets.

At that point Hilliard was additionally charged with carrying a concealed firearm.