A resident of Vancouver, Washington, was admitted to the Yamhill County Jail Thursday evening for being charged with an alleged traffic incident that early evening.
Elcio Antonio Depadua, 19, has been charged with gun possession by certain felons, unlawful possession and use of guns in addition to two charges of threat. The charges are a mixture of criminal offenses and administrative offenses.
The McMinnville Police Department gave this report:
Shortly before 10 p.m., officers responded to a report of a traffic incident involving a handgun.
Witnesses told them that a Mercedes sedan drove erratically in the Northwest Adams and Ninth Streets area. The vehicle was occupied by six people, including Padua.
On the drive south on Adams, the occupants got into a verbal confrontation with several vehicles, whereupon Padua took out a handgun and pointed it at one of the vehicles as it drove back. The Mercedes drove away.
Shortly after 10 p.m., an officer located the Mercedes parked in Center Market, 509 NE Baker St. Officers, assisted by deputies from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, made a “high risk” stop and removed the six people from the vehicle without incident.
A number of patrol vehicles came on the market.
A loaded Glock 42 pistol and 30-round magazine were found under Padua’s seat.
His bail was set at $ 30,000 pending indictment in the district court.
Other occupants of his vehicle were released on site.
Police Chief Matt Scales said his department strongly encourages citizens to report incidents of this nature and if another motorist is driving either aggressively or threateningly, refrain from attacking the other vehicle.
His advice is to contact the police and report the incident immediately.