Failure to stop leads to arrest

KINGMAN - If you've got a handful of active warrants out for your arrest, it's probably not a good idea to run a stop sign in front of a Sheriff's deputy.

A Kingman man learned that lesson the hard way after he was arrested Friday evening. Mohave County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the man and his passenger were arrested after a deputy who was refueling his patrol car at the gas pump saw a white truck that failed to stop at a stop sign at Kino Avenue and Sunshine Drive just before 6 p.m.

The deputy followed the truck's path and found it parked in front of a convenience store on Airway Avenue and Highway 66.

The deputy contacted the driver of the truck, identified as 37-year-old Jose Gregory Mesa. Carter said a records check turned up five outstanding warrants for Mesa. The deputy also learned that his driver's license had been suspended.

A search of the vehicle reportedly found a small baggie of marijuana under the passenger side seat where 43-year-old David Dean Storment had been seated. He was then taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of marijuana.

Mesa's warrants reportedly included a parole violation felony warrant issued out of Arizona Department of Corrections along with a contempt of court and failure to appear misdemeanor warrants issued by Kingman Justice Court and a contempt of court and failure to appear misdemeanor warrants issued by Kingman Municipal Court.

Both men were booked into the Mohave County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene.