A man allegedly found slumped over the wheel of a car stopped in the fast lane of a Canyon Country street was allegedly found to have three firearms including an assault rifle by a local sheriff’s deputy who questioned him on suspicion of drunk driving.
The guns were seized and the driver arrested.
The deputy’s investigation about the man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol ended with an arrest on suspicion of illegally possessing a concealed firearm by a felon with a prior conviction.
Karl Douglas Simon, 46, who lives in downtown Los Angeles, was arrested shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday by a deputy of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“On Sunday, about 1:11 a.m., a Santa Clarita Deputy was responding code-3, with lights and siren activated, to a family disturbance call in Canyon Country,” Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station told The Signal Wednesday.
“While he traveled eastbound on Soledad Canyon Road, west of Langside Avenue, he came across a vehicle that was stopped in the number one lane of traffic with a male slumped in the driver’s seat,” she said.
“When the deputy contacted the driver, he noted symptoms of alcohol intoxication. The deputy had the suspect exit the vehicle.
“While conducting a DUI investigation, the deputy discovered a loaded firearm in the suspect’s pant pocket,” Miller said.
“Deputies eventually located an assault rifle and an additional handgun in the suspect’s vehicle,” she said.
“ It was also learned that the suspect had a criminal record that included several felony convictions.
Sheriff’s officials presented their case to prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday.
“The facts of the case were presented to the District Attorney’s Office, who filed three felony weapons charges against Suspect Karl Douglas Simon, a male 46 year of age,” Miller said.
Simon was taken to the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles with bail set at $35,000.
He was expected to appear in San Fernando Superior Court.
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