Police: Schenectady traffic stop uncovers drunk driver, gun

The gun was reported stolen out of Nassau County

SCHENECTADY – A traffic stop last week led to the discovery of both a drunk driver and a gun, authorities said.

Police recovered the gun on the driver after he was placed in the back of a patrol car, police confirmed.

Rafael F. Ortiz, 26, of Linden Street, was arrested April 2 on Edward Street. He faces two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, felonies, along with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

Police pulled Ortiz over on Edward Street just after midnight April 2 for speeding, according to police allegations filed in court. Officers then found him to be intoxicated.

He was placed at some point in the back of a patrol car. At that point, officers learned of the gun, police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Dearing confirmed.

“He told officers he had it on his person while he was in the back of the patrol car,” Dearing said.

Asked about that, Dearing said “there is always a concern when we deal with an individual who is illegally in possession of a handgun. Not only for our safety but the safety of the public.”

The gun, a Smith and Wesson .38 Special, was traced back to Nassau County, where it had been reported stolen in 2011, according to the police allegations.


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