A Kodiak man faces two felony charges after driving a vehicle with a revoked driver’s license, failing to have a car insurance policy, and carrying a firearm despite prior felony convictions.
Jack Espinoza, 38, was charged with failing to appear before a court for a scheduled hearing, a class C felony; knowingly possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, a class C felony; driving a vehicle with a revoked license, a non-criminal infraction; and driving a vehicle without an insurance policy, a misdemeanor.
On Aug. 11 at around 2 a.m., an officer observed Espinoza while conducting a routine vehicle patrol, according to a police affidavit. The officer recognized Espinoza from previous law enforcement contacts. Espinoza was driving a vehicle, and was accompanied by an adult passenger in the front passenger seat. A search of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network revealed that Espinoza’s license was revoked.
The officer stopped Espinoza’s vehicle, a white 1994 Chevrolet Blazer, at the intersection of Shelikof Street and Marine Way. Espinoza told the officer that he was aware he wasn’t supposed to be driving, according to the affidavit.
Espinoza could not produce proof of insurance and registration. He stated that he had owned the vehicle for over a month and had the title for the vehicle, according to the affidavit. When asked from whom he had purchased the vehicle, Espinoza said he could not remember.
The officer observed a handgun holster on the floorboard of the backseat, according to the affidavit. When asked about it, Espinoza said there were no weapons in the vehicle.
Espinoza was arrested on the scene for failing to have liability insurance and for driving with a revoked driver’s license. The vehicle was towed to the Kodiak Police Department Forensic Bay, pending a search warrant.
Around 6 a.m., the officer executed a search warrant on the vehicle, discovering a Walther P22 handgun. The hammer of the firearm was cocked, with one round in the chamber. The magazine contained eight more rounds, according to the affidavit.
Espinoza has five prior felony convictions in Alaska and one felony conviction in Arizona. The convictions in Alaska are threat of injury, assault in the third degree, two counts of controlled substances in the fourth degree, and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer. Due to Espinoza’s multiple felony status, it is unlawful for him to obtain or possess any handguns, according to the affidavit.