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Police Confiscate Weapon Following Traffic Stop
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A firearm was confiscated following a traffic stop in Oakdale on Friday morning, Jan. 10; the driver and passenger were also arrested and booked at Stanislaus County Jail on a variety of charges. Photo Courtesy Oakdale Police Department

Two people arrested on multiple charges are due to appear in Stanislaus County Court.

What started as a routine traffic enforcement stop on Friday morning, Jan. 10 in Oakdale subsequently resulted in two arrests with multiple charges against the driver and passenger. Joaquin Jesus McKenzie, 36, of Empire and Ashley Marie Chavan, 33, of Oakdale are to appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 15 to answer to charges filed following the Friday incident. A weapon was also confiscated from the vehicle.

According to Oakdale Police, on Friday, Jan. 10 at about 8:45 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the 300 block of East F Street on a Honda Civic for expired registration and no front license plate. The officer contacted the driver – McKenzie, and passenger Chavan – and during the course of the investigation it was determined McKenzie is a felon and was in possession of a firearm. Chavan initially gave false identification to the officer, according to the police report.

Both subjects were arrested at the scene without incident. McKenzie was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, probation violation, and driving on a suspended license. Chavan was arrested for two Oakdale felony warrants, possession drug paraphernalia, impersonating another character and providing false identification to a peace officer.

Both subjects were booked at Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on the charges pending their Wednesday court appearance.