Port Charlotte traffic stop means jail for 2 felons
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A routine traffic stop in Port Charlotte ended with the arrests of two convicted felons.
A Charlotte County deputy spotted a car running a stop sign Monday night. As the red Pontiac pulled over the deputy noticed the driver and passenger shuffling items in the car.
A search of the vehicle yielded two handguns, one was stolen.
That led to the arrests of 40year-old Daniel Leonard Miller and 29-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Hawkshead, both of Port Charlotte.
Miller refused to consent to a search of the car and when a K9 unit arrived and alerted to the presence of drugs he tried to make a run for it.
The search uncovered two handguns, one which had been reported stolen last month. The search also uncovered drug paraphernalia in the car's trunk.
The car was towed and Miller was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Dealing in Stolen Property, Possession of Opiates, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, and Resisting an Officer. Hawkshead was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Resisting an Officer.
Both were transported to the Charlotte County Jail and both are in jail, Hawkshead on a $6,000 bond, Miller on a $12,000 bond.