Monday, October 7, 2019

Minersville Man Found with Guns and Meth During Traffic Stop in Berks County

A Minersville man was found with two guns and methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Berks County over the weekend.

David Fitting, 35, of Minersville was arrested Saturday after being pulled over for not stopping at stop sign which led to the finding of the guns and drugs.

Wyomissing Police say around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Officer Matthew R. Cavallo was traveling westbound on Spring Street in a marked patrol vehicle behind the SUV and observed it make a right turn onto Crossing Drive without coming to a complete stop at a stop sign.

He followed the SUV as it turned left to get onto the ramp for northbound Route 222, then pulled it over.

The officer shined his patrol vehicle's spotlights on the SUV and noticed the driver, who was the lone occupant, reaching for something on the front passenger side.

Cavallo radioed for another officer to assist him. As he approached the passenger side, he noticed bullets near Fitting's feet.

He asked Fitting if there was anything in the vehicle he should know about and Fitting said there was an AR-15-style rifle behind his seat.

Fitting was ordered to exit the vehicle. Police searched him and found several knives.

While searching the SUV, an officer found a .45-caliber handgun under the passenger seat.

Fitting admitted he had no license to carry. He said the pistol belonged to a friend of a friend. He was handcuffed and gave police permission to continue to search for weapons.

Police retrieved the rifle from behind the driver's seat. Near it were four loaded magazines that fit the rifle.

In the center console they found the methamphetamine next to Fitting's cellphone.

Fitting was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, firearms not to be carried without a license, and traffic violations.

Fitting was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Sandra L. Fegley and locked up in Berks County Prison unable to post $75,000 cash bail.

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