Berkeley police pulled over an Oakland man Saturday night in the Southside neighborhood near UC Berkeley, and found a loaded gun with an illegal high-capacity magazine in his car, authorities report.
Lt. Kevin Reece said a BPD officer noticed a traffic violation at about 10 p.m. at Telegraph Avenue and Dwight Way.
The officer pulled over the driver, who was identified as 26-year-old Everett Walker of Oakland.
The officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and also discovered that its registration had expired nearly a year before.
Reece said any vehicle registration that expired more than six months ago can result in a tow.
Officers impounded the vehicle for the expired registration, and searched it as part of that process, he said.
During the search, police found a loaded pistol under the driver’s seat, Reece said.
A passenger in the vehicle was released, he said, but Walker was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies related to the gun, including the presence of a large-capacity magazine, carrying a loaded, concealed firearm in a vehicle, and being a felon or other prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition are illegal under state law.
Walker is being held on $170,000 bail at Berkeley Jail, and is set to appear at Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland on Tuesday morning for arraignment, according to county court records online.