On Thursday, May 22, 2014, at approximately 4:40 P.M., a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area officer received a radio call from the CHP’s Bishop Communications Center, advising a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy was following a possible DUI driver. The deputy was transporting a prisoner at the time, and wished to avoid placing his prisoner at risk by making an enforcement stop.
The CHP officer located the vehicle, a white Toyota 4 Runner, and conducted a traffic stop. The officer contacted the driver and immediately recognized the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from within the vehicle. The officer requested the driver, Mr. William Moffet, age 63, of Woodland Hills, California, perform field sobriety tests. The preliminary alcohol screening device revealed a preliminary blood alcohol content of approximately .15%, slightly less than twice the maximum legal limit.
The officer placed Mr. Moffet under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Moffet was transported to the CHP’s Bridgeport Area office where he completed a chemical test. During a vehicle inventory related to storing the vehicle and its contents for safe keeping, a loaded firearm was located directly behind his driver seat.
Additionally, multiple controlled substances were located within the vehicle. Mr. Moffet was transported and booked into the Mono County Sheriff’s Department Jail in Bridgeport, California, for driving under the influence, weapons and controlled substance violations. Mr. Moffet was served with a Department of Motor Vehicles administrative driving privilege suspension. CHP officers were assisted at the scene by a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy.