Routine Stop Finds a Surprise Cache of Guns

California Highway Patrol Officer Dustin Sherman stands with several guns he confiscated after a traffic stop Wednesday morning


A routine speeding traffic stop on York Boulevard just off the southbound Glendale(2) freeway got more than just a speeding driver. California Highway Patrol officer found several weapons and ammunition.

At about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning CHP Officer Dustin Sherman had stopped the vehicle driven by Aaron Pyke, 42, of Los Angeles. During the investigation Pyke appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

While conducting a DUI (driving under the influence) investigation the suspect allegedly admitted that there were several guns in his vehicle. A search found a .338 Steyr rifle, 7.62 Saiga rifle, 7.62 M44 Russian AK, .22 Marlin 762 and a .40 Beretta handgun. In addition to the guns three 30 round 7.62 magazines, one 10 round 7.62 magazine, three 10 round Beretta magazines and a total of 547 total rounds of ammo in all calibers listed.

“Only one gun was loaded [at the time of the arrest],” said Officer Ming Yang hsu, CHP spokesman.

The Beretta was loaded with one round in the chamber, hsu said.

The Beretta was the only gun that was registered to Pyke.

“We don’t know why he had the guns,” hsu said. “We are still investigating.”

Pyke was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

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