Kings County deputies arrest vehicle driver for reckless driving, concealed firearm

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Nathan Ruvalcaba
Suspect Nathan Ruvalcaba

A Kings County Deputy Sheriff, while patrolling in the area of Nevada Avenue and 6th Avenue in rural Kings County on Tuesday, November 30 at about 10:15 p.m. spotted a Kia Forte and the driver doing “doughnuts” in the middle of the roadway.

The deputy made a traffic enforcement stop and contacted the driver and his three passengers. Suspect Nathan Ruvalcaba admitted he was driving. Additionally, in the vehicle, were passengers Davian Hernandez and two juvenile subjects.

Ruvalcaba, 19, and Hernandez appeared to show symptoms of having been under the influence of alcohol. As the occupants exited the Kia, a deputy observed a black handgun under the front passenger seat. The handgun resembled a Glock-type semi-automatic pistol, but it did not have any serial numbers making the firearm untraceable.

Deputies also found a 10-round Glock magazine, loaded with eight rounds of 9mm ammunition.

A witness reported hearing a single gunshot coming from the car a short time prior to the traffic stop. Deputies searched the area and located a spent shell casing that matched the rounds found in the Kia.

The deputy arrested Ruvalcaba and booked him into the Kings County Jail. Charges included reckless driving, driving under the influence, carrying a concealed firearm within a vehicle, possessing an undetectable firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm, child endangerment, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bail was set at $203,000.

Deputies placed Hernandez under arrest for public intoxication and then booked him into the Kings County Jail. He was later released.

Both juvenile passengers were turned over to their parents.      

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