Couple had loaded gun and kids in car

WARSAW — A York, Pa. couple was jailed after they were found with a loaded handgun during a traffic stop, with the driver also charged with drugged-driving with children in the car, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

A car was stopped on Route 20A in the village Friday night for following too closely.

The driver, Brandon N. DeJesus, 31, was found to have a suspended driver’s license and Sgt. Colin Reagan said “a strong odor” of marijuana was coming from the car.

Two boys, ages 7 and 11, were in the back seat.

A search of the car revealed a Sig Sauer 9mm handgun under the driver’s seat. The gun was loaded with 17 rounds, Reagan said.

DeJesus, a convicted felon, and his passenger, Kamilah Y. Pinero-Colon, 30, were taken into custody without incident.

Both were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C violent felony offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison. They also were charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

DeJesus was charged with two counts of felony aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law, driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlicensed operation, following too closely, tinted window and inadequate child restraints.

He was jailed with bail set at $10,000. Pinero-Colon was jailed with bail set at $5,000. The children were turned over to family members.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1