YAKIMA — Last Thursday, June 13, Victor M. Fernandez, 27, of Mabton made a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court.

He is facing four charges — possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a firearm first degree, driving under the influence and driving while license suspended third degree.

A Washington State Patrol trooper arrested Fernandez last Wednesday after seeing a pick-up driven by him swerving on SR-241 with a trailer behind it. The trailer didn’t have a license plate the trooper could see, so he attempted a traffic stop.

Fernandez had turned onto SR-22 and failed to stop for several miles, the trooper stated in a narrative submitted in court.

Once Fernandez did stop, the trooper had to order him out of the pick-up at gunpoint.

Before placing him in the patrol vehicle, the trooper located in Fernandez’s possession methamphetamine and a scale, and more methamphetamine was seen inside the pick-up, as was a .22 caliber rifle.

After being read his Miranda rights, the trooper said Fernandez admitted the substance in the vehicle was meth and he was not supposed to have a weapon, the narrative said. He also admitted to not having a license.

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