Report of a DUI Driver Leads to Arrest for Illegal Assault Weapon

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Report of a DUI Driver Leads to Arrest for Illegal Assault Weapon
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

On 6/28/2018 at about 11:00 p.m., deputies assigned to the Buellton and Solvang substations responded to a report of an intoxicated subject attempting to fight patrons at The Sideways Inn at 114 State Highway 246 in Buellton. Before deputies arrived, the subject fled the area in his vehicle. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the suspect and his vehicle.

Based on this information, deputies believed that it was possibly Bertin Diaz Pulido, a subject who has had several recent aggressive encounters with law enforcement. Concerned that the driver was putting innocent citizens in danger, deputies began checking the route towards Pulido’s home in the 600 block of Mail Road in Lompoc. It was there at his driveway that deputies saw a truck matching the description given by witnesses. The vehicle immediately sped away up the long driveway into the ranch and failed to yield to the deputy’s lights and sirens, nearly colliding with several parked cars and driving off the roadway. 

After coming to a stop at the dead-end of the road, Pulido exited his vehicle and was aggressive and challenging to the deputies, refusing to obey their instructions. Pulido was eventually convinced to comply and he was detained. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, an illegal AK-47 assault rifle chambered for .762x39 and two loaded magazines were recovered from the vehicle within easy reach of Pulido. An additional handgun magazine and dozens of rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the truck.

Pulido was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for charges of 30600PC – Transportation of an Assault Rifle, 23152(a)VC – Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, 415(a)(1)PC – Challenging to Fight, and 148(a)(1)PC – Resist, Obstruct or Delaying an Officer in the Performance of Their Duties.

The City of Buellton contracts for law enforcement services with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

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a-1560927587 Jul 02, 2018 10:09 AM
Report of a DUI Driver Leads to Arrest for Illegal Assault Weapon

Looks like a semi-automatic Century RH10 AK-47. There are California-legal AKs, but this one looks like it has easily detachable magazines so could not be bought today (legally). But if he bought it years ago, he could be grandfathered and get that charge dropped. At least he didn't have the 30-round mags or they'd add that to the violations. As usual, the photo and emphasis on the rifle and ammo is sensationalism. At any rate, he sounds like an a$$hole, and the DA will easily bust him for the other charges. Interesting that there was no DUI charge...

tagdes Jul 02, 2018 12:03 PM
Report of a DUI Driver Leads to Arrest for Illegal Assault Weapon

I blew up the image and held up one of my pudgy little 7.62 x 39 rounds and the rounds pictured are definitely .223-5.56 as you say. Even a novice can see that bullet in the larger cartridges is only slightly larger diameter than the bullets in the bag of 22 ammo.

Concerned4Calif Jul 02, 2018 08:45 AM
Report of a DUI Driver Leads to Arrest for Illegal Assault Weapon

The article does not say if the AK was semi-automatic or fully automatic. Its probably not a real (Russian) AK but a look-a-like semi-automatic made in the US. Fully automatics have been illegal to possess in the 1930's. Recent legislation has made some semi-automatic rifles illegal if they have certain features.

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