Reckless Driving Stop In Martinez Ends With Arrest Of Concord Man

February 10, 2019 13:00 pm · 51 comments

A 22-year-old Concord man was arrested on suspicion of several weapons violations early Saturday morning after two illegal weapons and ammunition were found in his car, according to Martinez Police.

Officers arrested Oscar Esparza-Cabello on suspicion of reckless driving after they say they spotted him doing doughnuts near Pacheco Blvd. and Howe Rd.

After searching his vehicle, they found a concealed 9mm pistol, an illegal and unregistered short-barreled rifle, and an illegal 40-round magazine, police said.

Esparza-Cabello was booked into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of possession of illegal weapons and suspicion of reckless driving.

S February 10, 2019 at 1:14 PM

naughty naughty naughty

Foonman February 10, 2019 at 1:26 PM

They need to make an example of this fellow…

Sick of it February 10, 2019 at 1:37 PM

And with all the gun laws on the books he will be out shortly. Even though they want to add more to the books for legal owners to be harassed with. Use to be caught with that type of weapons you would be locked up for a lot no time. Made it to risky for them to have with the fear of serving any extended time off of the streets. But thank the Dems in this stat for the way it’s heading.

dave February 11, 2019 at 4:49 PM

So Dems are too strict with gun access laws and too lenient with punishment laws? Hmmmm

Otterman February 12, 2019 at 10:29 PM

This guy should be facing 10 years mandatory if we are serious about stopping gun crimes. The CA Dems continue to add more and more laws which make ordinary citizens law breakers. When a real criminal, like this guy, gets caught with exactly what we should be focused on they’ll probably be lenient on him. Oscar Grant should have been locked up for his gun crimes, he would still be alive today if the courts would punish real gun crimes.

Anon February 10, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Too bad they didn’t catch his “hoonigan” buddy in the orange 350Z, only a matter of time for that Punk.

ON DA February 10, 2019 at 2:07 PM

yeah he may just have googled himself to dets and became spacially disordered.

Complete Chompf

Bedazzled February 10, 2019 at 2:10 PM

As an example you can see how strict Ca gun laws dosnt prevent anyone from getting/carrying these, if someone wants these types of guns and accessories they get them and carry them.
Existing and any future gun laws aren’t going to change this.

Anonymous February 10, 2019 at 3:11 PM

Felons can’t buy guns at gun shows or gun shops so which “strict” CA gun laws are you refereing to that are allowing them to purchase firearms?

XJ February 10, 2019 at 3:53 PM

@Anonymous- Bedazzled point is that the laws that DO prevent felons from owning the above firearms did not prevent this scumbag felon from owning the above firearms.

A law abiding citizen can’t obtain the SBR or the 40 round magazine or the handgun (if the magazine >10 rounds).

Bedazzled February 10, 2019 at 6:14 PM

Actually yes a law abiding citizen here in Ca can obtain illegal guns, magazines, accessories etc. You just have to know where to look (Nevada), then just drive back to Ca with it.
Seeing the picture above doesn’t surprise me at all even here in Ca as that being strictly illegal. Illegal means absolutely nothing to someone that wants it.

XJ February 10, 2019 at 8:13 PM

No, sorry. You’re wrong. You can’t be a law abiding citizen by breaking the law. Those items are legal in many other states, however, cannot be brought back into California. If you do that, you are breaking the law.

Please do not advise other people what you said here. Please learn the law. If you are caught breaking firearms laws, you lose your right to own firearms. Depending on which laws, it’s either a misdemeanor or felony and you lose your ability to own for either 5(?) or 10(?) years or for life.

Sign from Above February 11, 2019 at 7:31 AM

@ Bedazzled

“Actually, a law abiding citizen here in Ca can obtain illegal guns, magazines, accessories etc. You just have to know where to look (Nevada), then just drive back to Ca with it.” ??

While your initial argument was correct; existing gun laws do not prevent the criminal from obtaining and using illegal weapons, you go down hill when make this statement.

@ Anonymous

What he is trying to say is that no amount of gun law legislation will prevent a criminal from obtaining illegal weapons (they break the law!). This is a perfect example. We already have strict laws on the sale of such weapons. That’s far enough. Any further regulation is just an attempt by politicians to grand stand. The only affect more gun laws will have is to restrict true law abiding citizens. That should not be the intention.

Ricardoh February 10, 2019 at 2:17 PM

Are they going to do ballistic tests on the weapons? I am sure this guy was a neighborhood scholar. Driving like an idiot with illegal weapons in his car.

DVC Student February 10, 2019 at 2:18 PM

Illegal guns & illegal magazines in the car while spinning doughnuts?

Isn’t this like transporting 7 kilos of cocaine with expired registration tags?

Bob February 10, 2019 at 2:39 PM

This why I don’t honk at crazy drivers anymore–

Ricardoh February 10, 2019 at 2:51 PM

I only honk at old ladies if they are alone. Just joking I don’t do that.

Anon February 10, 2019 at 3:01 PM

I still honk at distracted drivers and flash my brights at those who insist on driving with their high beams on.
Do Not be a door mat for Fools.

Johnny Marzipan February 10, 2019 at 8:47 PM

I honk and wave at everybody constantly when I’m driving.
SaFeTy FiRsT !!!

Simonpure February 11, 2019 at 7:17 AM

Honk if you love Jesus. Text if you want to meet him.

RJ February 10, 2019 at 2:48 PM

His family must be so proud.
Great job parents!

Nunya February 10, 2019 at 6:09 PM

they don’t speak English

Bob February 10, 2019 at 2:53 PM

This why I don’t “honk” anymore at crazy drivers-

Po'd February 10, 2019 at 8:37 PM

Probably stolen and untraceable.

PO'd February 10, 2019 at 8:38 PM

That’s good advice-you just never know.

Anonymous February 10, 2019 at 3:15 PM

Bob , you are so right. Way too many meth heads driving about. Honking at them is a way good way to get shot.

HappyPappy February 10, 2019 at 3:35 PM

Not sure that’s a rifle, looks like a pistol with a detachable stock.

XJ February 10, 2019 at 3:58 PM

That is not a pistol. The lower receiver (the guts of the rifle) is an AR type. The barrel of the rifle doesn’t meet the minimum of 16″ for CA, therefore a short barreled rifle. Also, having a detachable magazine, an adjustable stock render it illegal. You will also note that the lower receiver is a different finish (pretty banged up too) from the rest of the rifle.

Interestingly, there are NO sights. It’s o.k. though, he probably don’t need to aim (do they ever?).

Carnac the Magnificent February 10, 2019 at 4:51 PM

As soon as you put a shoulder stock on a pistol you make it into a Short Barrel Rifle which is defined by National Firearms Act and California Penal Code 17170 as having a barrel shorter than sixteen inches or an overall length of less than twenty-six inches. California Penal Code 33215 makes all SBR or “saw off” shotguns illegal.

Ph dad February 10, 2019 at 5:21 PM

Looks like he got his hands on a very well used lower and then gussied it up with some new accessories and a short barred upper.
Must have forgotten his spiffy new red dot sight in his crib.
Can’t fix stupid.

94517 February 10, 2019 at 4:07 PM

Bummer, he was just starting to turn his life around at least that is what his public defender will plead at tax payers expense.

Ancient Mariner February 10, 2019 at 4:46 PM

Is that a Browning Hi-Power?
Pretty classy gun ( and expensive) for a street thug.

XJ February 10, 2019 at 8:16 PM

Yes, it looks like a HiPower to me too. It wasn’t expensive for that scumbag. There’s probably someone out there that is missing that HiPower.

Sign from Above February 11, 2019 at 7:35 AM

@ Ancient Mariner

Stolen, or purchased with illegal funds (ie. dope money)

iKrissy February 10, 2019 at 6:04 PM

Thank you, To our police and sheriff’s department!

Nunya February 10, 2019 at 6:08 PM

the aclu will get him out in no time. heck these probably aren’t even a crime for an illegal alien.

RJ February 10, 2019 at 6:20 PM

Looked him up online – apparently he is currently working at TESLA in Fremont? Might as well kiss that job goodbye now!

XJ February 10, 2019 at 8:17 PM

Currently at Tesla. Previously at Fresenius. Alumni of DVC.

Silva February 11, 2019 at 1:39 PM

It might just not be this nimrod with the job at Tesla.

925person February 10, 2019 at 7:13 PM

If your going to do donuts dont do it with guns in your car how stupid can u be

joe February 10, 2019 at 10:21 PM


Sick of it February 11, 2019 at 7:28 AM

Joe. So what about the 22 million Newsom just gave to the defense of illegal aliens. That’s my tax money. What about all the welfare hand outs they get. That’s my tax money. What about all the free medical care they get at county hospitals. That’s my tax money.
It’s far cheaper to build the wall and yes it will help. Anything that slows down the crossing gives the border patrol a better chance to catch them before they make it all the way in

Bedazzled February 11, 2019 at 7:44 AM

Yea you just keep your stupid thinking like that.
Tijuana for example recently, on CNN (so you know it’s real), showed thousands of people stopped at the wall there unable to get into the USA. They were trying to climb it, some sitting atop it, all the rest huddled up against it, yet they were stopped..all of them, NOVODY GOT PAST THE WALL. Take that wall down and guess what…they just walk on over.
It’s people like you that are oblivious to reality and brainwashed by the ignorant.

Walls work, check your history and grow up.

Sign from Above February 11, 2019 at 7:50 AM

@ Joe

That wall will cost quite a bit less than what Californian’s are spending on benefits for people here ILLEGALLY!! Status quo is not working. We can no longer just sit back and do nothing. Our economy can’t handle the constant (unregulated) influx. I am all for changes to our immigration policy to allow hard working immigrants an avenue to more easily enter this country and become law abiding & tax paying citizens. But those that do not go through the process are ILLEGAL and need to be stopped!

While I do not particularly like him, at least Trump has a plan to do something about our boarder protection. All the Democrats have done for years is talk about what needs to be done. Funny how several Democratic Presidents have talked about building a wall. However, now that Trump is pushing for it, a wall is a terrible idea! They’re just upset because they didn’t get the job done.

anonares February 11, 2019 at 8:12 AM

I wish we could see a picture of the car. It would help people who witness stupid drivers know he is locked up.

Anon February 11, 2019 at 11:48 AM

This Fool was driving from Concord to Fremont daily with those weapons in his car, SMH.
I guess we’ll have to wait for the Police log to come out to find out what make and model of vehicle was.

The Mamba February 11, 2019 at 11:50 AM

What’s he doing where he needs all those guns? Find out and put him away for good.

Rollo Tomasi February 11, 2019 at 12:41 PM

@ The Mamba:
Under these circumstances, I agree with you. However, if they were legal firearms, and he posessed them in a legal manner, it’s none of our business what he “needs” them for. Perhaps he just wants them.

Tim February 11, 2019 at 7:32 PM

Google listed this name as a Tesla Production Associate, whatever that is. If it’s the same, he can kiss this job good bye. There are consequences for bad judgement and being stupid.

slagheap February 13, 2019 at 10:33 PM

nothing like the word ” gun ” to smoke out the basket cases – ooh, especially if there are pictures! all you gun nuts need to take a nice long walk off a very short pier.

Fred P. February 14, 2019 at 10:05 AM

slagheap – I didn’t see any posts that fit your description. Gun nuts? Basket cases (especially if there are pictures)?

Nothing like the word “gun” to bring out the snowflake millenials who are terrified of anything they don’t understand.

Guess you (like all other liberals) are nothing more than hypocrites in that you’re not willing to embrace tolerance, diversity of opinion and freedom of thought/speech….. despite your claims to the contrary. Long walk off a very short pier? You’ve got anger issues, snowflake.

Seems like you’re the basket case, just waiting to pounce on any comments. Now just go back to your safe space and play with your puppies and unicorns.

BTW, you should learn proper grammar. The first letter in a sentence should be capitalized.

You’re welcome.

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