EL CENTRO – According to a press release, El Centro Police officers responded to a suspicious vehicle on 5th Street and Brighton Avenue Monday around 1:34 p.m. The vehicle was described as a red Ford Escape, said the ECPD press release.
The reporting party stated the driver of the Ford had supposedly brandished a firearm two days prior and requested the area be checked.
According to the press release, officers began checking the area and located a vehicle matching the description given, stopping it at 5th Street and Park Avenue. The driver, Benny Ray Price, a 74-year-old resident of Imperial, gave consent to search the vehicle and indicated there was a handgun located in the pocket of the driver’s side door.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a .22 caliber handgun. The handgun was allegedly loaded and within immediate reach of the suspect as he was operating the vehicle.
Reportedly, Price did not have a valid permit to possess the handgun. He was subsequently arrested and booked at the Imperial County jail on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle.