A Chicago man was arrested early Monday after reaching for a pistol during a traffic stop on U.S. Interstate 80 in Waukee.
Nestor Alonso Almanza-Alguirre, 29, of Chicago was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm while participating in a controlled-substance violation and open container.
According to court records, the incident began about 2:15 a.m. Monday when Almanza-Aguirre’s 2012 Toyota Tundra was clocked at 83 mph by a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff, who initiated a traffic stop near the 117 mile marker of westbound U.S. Interstate 80.
Almanza-Aguirre allegedly “had an open beer in his cup holder” and presented “bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech,” and he was deemed by the deputy sheriff to be intoxicated, the court record said.
Almanza-Aguirre was detained after he “reached down to grab a loaded Luger 9mm pistol from his shoe.” The Chicagoan did not have a permit to carry a firearm.
A clear plastic bag containing about five grams of white powder was found in Almanza-Aguirre’s front shirt pocket. The powder field tested positive for cocaine, according to records. Scales and additional clear plastic bags were also found in the vehicle.
Almanza-Aguirre is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $12,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 29 in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.