Ethan Westbrooks Arrested For Stolen Handgun
L.A. Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was speeding down Interstate 5 in his automobile on Friday night. That’s a smart move. Naturally, he was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol. When he was reaching into his glove box to find his registration, police saw a stolen handgun sitting right there next to his busy hand.
Sgt. Chris Carr (no relation to the great Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr) said that Mr. Westbrooks was arrested on suspicion “…of possessing a loaded firearm, possessing a stolen firearm, and possessing a high-capacity magazine.” Isn’t wonderful that law enforcement is required to say “suspicion of” even though the gun was in his car, which makes it in his possession. What a wonderful concept.
The weapon was reported stolen in 2009, and when it was found by Sgt. Carr, it contained 13 rounds of ammunition. I wonder if the weapon will be returned to its previous owner after the case is closed. Of course, it can’t be returned right away because it is evidence.
Westbrooks is lucky that he wasn’t shot by the police officer. If you have a weapon in your vehicle, you’re supposed to inform the police. The weapon is hot so that is, of course, the reason that he didn’t say anything about it. If he had placed the handgun in a better spot, he probably would’ve gotten away with it. The Rams defensive lineman was arrested last March for suspicion of domestic violence, but the Sacramento district attorney’s office wasn’t in the mood to press charges. Therefore, he must be innocent of the actions for which he was under suspicion. For some reason, the police in Sacramento think Mr. Westbrooks is a suspicious character. Which is strange, because most people with tattoos on their faces aren’t considered to be suspect in any way, shape, or form.