car stop watsonville ohlone parkway
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Watsonville Police ready their guns during a high-risk car stop Wednesday on Main Street near Ohlone Parkway. Police initially got a tip that two males aboard a white Nissan sedan were handing a handgun back and forth between them, Michelle Pulido, spokeswoman for WPD said. Watsonville Police were aided by Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies in locating the car as it rolled south on Main Street from Green Valley Road just after 3pm. They followed it as it turned into the Overlook Shopping Center. After detaining the two suspects at gunpoint, police found a semi-automatic 9mm handgun. The 20-year-old driver was charged with concealing a gun in a vehicle and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 15-year-old male, who is on probation, was charged with being a minor in possession of a gun in a vehicle and failure to obey orders of a juvenile court.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


  1. How’s that gun control working out for y’all?? Seems that the only ones who have firearms are the ones who illegally obtain them. Arm yourself folks because you’ll need them if things continue the way they are in CA.

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