Two people have been arrested and charged after initially getting pulled over after police saw the driver littering.
On Friday, a Gering Police Officer contacted Scottsbluff Police after witnessing a driver throw a fast food wrapper out of his car.
Scottsbluff officers initiated a traffic stop on the driver, 30-year-old Justin Britthouer, who admitted to littering. Britthouer was driving on an expired license, and a subsequent search of his driving record revealed ten prior DUS convictions.
He was handcuffed and arrested, and the passenger, 31-year-old Veronica Gonzales, was left with the vehicle as it was being inventoried for impound.
One of the officers found methamphetamine in Gonzales’ purse. A further search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a revolver in the center console. The Gering Police Department had received a report of that gun being stolen.
Both Britthouer and Gonzales are convicted felons. Britthouer is now facing charges of: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, Driving Under Suspension, Littering, and No Seat Belt.
Gonzales is being charged with: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. She is already facing charges from an arrest last month after getting caught with methamphetamine outside the Scottsbluff library while trying to use their free WiFi.