An officer is never off-duty until the next patrol team has gone in-service, or as we say “10-8.” On July 17, 2013 at approximately 0606 hours, Officer T. Gonzalez was minutes shy of going off-duty when he noticed a blue BMW traveling westbound on El Camino Real and Grant Road. The vehicle, which had expired registration, committed several vehicle code violations in front of Officer T. Gonzalez, who stopped the vehicle on El Camino Real at Calderon Avenue.
Upon contacting the driver, identified as Juan Gonzalez out of San Jose, Officer T. Gonzalez noticed narcotics paraphernalia and burglary tools in plain sight. Suspect Gonzalez was also displaying signs and symptoms of someone who was under the influence of a controlled substance. The passenger, identified as Tisha Donely out of San Jose, was also in the vehicle.
During the course of his investigation, Officer T. Gonzalez also found stolen property from two unreported auto burglaries. They were later found to have occurred on the 200 block of E. Dana Street and the 100 block of Calderon Avenue. Both suspects Gonzalez and Donely were charged with two counts of possession of stolen property (496(a)PC) and possession of drug paraphernalia (11364.1 H&S). Additionally, suspect Gonzalez was charged with possession of methamphetamines (11377(a)H&S). Both Gonzalez and Donely were booked into the San Jose Main Jail without incident.
“Whenever we contact the driver of a vehicle, you never know what you’re going to find,” said Acting Sgt. Beninger. “We always have to keep our eyes open because a traffic stop is never simply just that. It often leads to so much more as Officer Gonzalez proves here. From this one stop, we recovered property stolen from the Mountain View community, narcotics and made two solid arrests.”
Officer T. Gonzalez has been with MVPD for 9 years. He began his law enforcement as an Explorer before going on to USF for his undergrad. Officer Gonzalez spent time as a narcotics detective with MVPD and is currently assigned to patrol.