Abilene Police: Driver arrested after gun found within reach of child, 3

A 25-year-old man was arrested Thursday after Abilene police found a gun on the seat of a vehicle within reach of a 3-year-old child.

Facing felony endangering child and other charges is Justin Kendall Wiggs.

Below is the complete daily report from the Abilene Police Department.

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Officer Brandon Scott contacted a motorist -- Justin K. Wiggs -- in the 2000 block of North Danville Drive for a traffic violation. Officer Jerimiah Torrez assisted in this traffic stop. During his preliminary investigation, Officer Scott observed a handgun laying in plain view inside the vehicle and he placed the driver into custody. A young and unsecured child, age 3, was observed in the vehicle during the investigation. A records check confirmed the driver had three outstanding municipal arrest warrants. The driver told officers there was a glass pipe located near the inside console. A search of the vehicle revealed the glass pipe and approximately 26 grams of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. The handgun was found to be loaded and in reach of the child. The driver was arrested for felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), felony Endangering Child, misdemeanor Unlawful Carrying of Weapon and for his warrants.

At about 12:05 a.m. Friday, while patrolling on the premises of an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Buffalo Gap Road, Officer Brad Hambright observed a disturbance in a parking lot and observed a male subject holding a bat. Officer Hambright attempted to contact the male subject in the 2500 block of South 25th Street, but the subject entered a vehicle that drove up next to the subject. The vehicle then turned around and parked in the road. As Officer Hambright approached the vehicle to contact the driver, the driver initially placed the vehicle into reverse. After making eye contact with the driver, the driver then placed the car into drive and accelerated towards Officer Hambright, forcing Officer Hambright to jump out of the vehicle's path to avoid being struck. The driver continued to drive away and fled the area. The vehicle was stopped by responding officers in the 2100 block of Marshall Street. The driver was placed into custody. A records check revealed the driver had one outstanding municipal arrest warrant. The driver was arrested for his warrant and for two felony offenses: Aggravated Assault Against a Peace Officer and Evading.

At about 12:40 a.m. Friday, Officer Clinton Coapland contacted a motorist in the 2300 block of Barrow Street for a traffic violation. When the female driver pulled over, Officer Coapland observed the driver switch seats with a passenger. A K-9 officer assisted in the traffic stop. Officer Coapland contacted the occupants of the vehicle and began his preliminary investigation. The K-9 alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. A search of the driver's purse revealed a small quantity of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. A small quantity of marijuana was also found adjacent to the methamphetamine. The subject was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and for misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.


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