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University Place Police Arrest Man, Woman Who Allegedly Were Driving Illegally With Guns

Deputies made the arrest while performing an emphasis patrol in the busy Orchard Street Corridor.

University Place Police arrested two people Tuesday who allegedly were carrying guns in their car.

While performing an emphasis patrol in the busy near 56th and Orchard Street West, deputies pulled over a vehicle, according to Sgt. Mike Blair.

The driver, a man, "made movements indicating he was arming himself," Blair said. The driver refused verbal commands from the deputies and was removed from the vehicle for officer safety.

Deputies recovered two guns from the driver and passenger floorboards, he said. Authorities also recoved the drug oxycotin in the driver's pockets.

The driver, who hasn't officially been charged, has been convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property and vehicle prowl.

The passenger, a woman, also has multiple prior convictions, including ID theft, forgery, possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Both are in Pierce County Jail on suspicion of illegal firearm possession.

Blair credited the officers who work the Orchard Corridor, which is, statistically, the busiest area in University Place in terms of criminal activity.

"Good work by the deputies in an effort to Make the Orchard Corridor safer and more livable for our citizens," he said.

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