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Monterey County driver Susana Mendez arrested for DUI, teen passenger found with .357 magnum

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Monterey County sheriff’s deputies performing a traffic stop early Saturday ended up arresting a suspected drunken driver along with two of her passengers — including a 16-year-old girl who had a loaded revolver, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies pulled over a black 2001 Volkswagen Jetta in the area of Main and Mary streets in the unincorporated community of San Lucas at about 2:35 a.m. Saturday. During the stop, the driver, 25-year-old Greenfield resident Susana Mendez, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and child endangerment because two juveniles were in the car, according to the sheriff’s office.

One of the juveniles, a 16-year-old girl, was found to be in possession of a loaded .357 Magnum with the serial number filed off, according to the sheriff’s office. She was arrested and transported to juvenile hall on weapons and gang-related charges.

The other juvenile, a 14-year-old boy, was cited for marijuana possession and released to his mother. Investigators are withholding the teens’ names because of their ages. A third passenger in the car, 21-year-old Alejandro Ramirez, of King City, was arrested for being intoxicated in public and unable to care for himself, sheriff’s officials said.
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