PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
April 10, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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SLCPD Officers Confiscate Glock 19, Drugs After Impaired Driver Crashes
SALT LAKE CITY — Officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department seized a Glock 19, more than 100 grams of marijuana, and 32 grams of mushrooms as part of an impaired driving investigation.
This investigation started at 9:46 a.m. on Saturday April 07, 2023, when officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Pioneer Patrol Division responded to a call involving a suspicious car near 1020 North American Beauty Drive.
When officers arrived, they quickly recognized the suspect, Leonardo Gonzalez-Bernal, appeared to be impaired.
Officers noticed Gonzalez-Bernal’s car hit a curb and the front right tire was almost broken off.
Officer found Gonzalez-Bernal unresponsive in the driver’s seat with the car running.
Officers could smell marijuana and alcohol coming from within the car.
Paramedics and firefighters with the Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to check on Gonzalez-Bernal.
During an inventory of the car, officers found a Glock 19 inside Gonzalez-Bernal’s car.
Additionally, officers found 109 grams of packaged marijuana, 57 grams of marijuana vape cartridges, 32 grams of mushrooms, and two scales.
Officers booked Gonzalez-Bernal into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of impaired driving, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.
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