Vacaville police arrested two people suspected of drug and a variety of other potential violations late Wednesday after stopping them as they pushed a stolen car down the street in South Vacaville, officials said.
Luis Manuel Zargoza, a 19-year-old Concord resident, and 20-year-old Tevita Taumoeanga, of Martinez, were taken into custody in the 900 block of Alamo Drive after being contacted by Sgt. Keith Hopper around 11:40 p.m., Sgt. Charlie Spruill said.
According to Spruill, Taumoeanga was sitting inside a stalled 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 with paper plates that Zargoza was pushing from behind. When Hopper approached them, Zargoza kept reaching into his waistband was "fidgeting and talking rapidly," leading Hopper to believe he may have been under the influence of drugs. When Hopper asked Zargoza if he was on parole, he replied, "Maybe." By law, Spruill explained, anyone on parole is required to answer the question truthfully and failure to do so is automatic grounds for arrest.
As officers searched Zargoza, they allegedly found hypodermic needles in his pocket, police said.
During the encounter, Taumoeanga repeatedly tried to start the car and was sweating, even though Spruill said it was very cold outside. As they searched him, they found a loaded .380 handgun with a round in the chamber, along with a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine and a "usable amount" of the drug, he said.
Officers ran the car's VIN number and learned the vehicle had been stolen out of Contra Costa County, Spruill said.
Both men were taken into custody and booked into Solano County Jail, Spruill said. Zaragoza was booked on suspicion of drug possession and possession of stolen property (the vehicle). Taumoeanga was booked on suspicion of unlawful taking of a vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a loaded handgun, carrying a loaded concealed weapon on his person, carrying a loaded concealed weapon in a vehicle, being a felon in possession of a gun, being a felon with a prior serious offense in possession of a handgun and receiving stolen property.