PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy Monday night stops car for stop sign violation in Port Charlotte, locates two handguns, one was stolen, and made two arrests. The driver, Daniel Leonard Miller, 40, of 1337 Kensington Street, and Sarah Elizabeth Hawkshead, 29, of 111 Rodgers Avenue, were arrested. The stop sign violation was at Harbor Boulevard and Higgs Drive at 7:27 p.m.
The deputy said when the red Pontiac was coming to a stop; he observed the driver and passenger shuffling things around in the car. When he approached Miller and asked for his information, his right hand was shuffling through the glove box. For his safety, the driver asked Miller and Hawkshead to exit the vehicle and asked for backup. Miller denied consent to search the car and when a CCSO K9 unit arrived, the K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics. Miller at that time began running and a foot chase began; a perimeter was set up and Miller was located at Concord Drive and Deerfield Avenue.
A search of the car located a blackTaurus 22-caliber semi-automatic loaded pistolwith one round in the chamber, in the glove box. Located on the passenger side floor was a pinkTaurus 32-caliber semi-automatic pistol. A check on both firearms revealed the pink pistol had been reported stolen Sep. 18. A search of the trunk of the car located a plastic container with two plastic straws, a metal spoon with opiate residue, several jewelry items and about 50 small plastic baggies. The investigation continues by CCSO detectives.
Miller refused commenting to deputies, while Hawkshead said she called Miller to pick her up and take her to the store to get groceries. She denied knowing anything about the two weapons in the car or narcotics paraphernalia in the trunk. The car was towed and Miller was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Dealing in Stolen Property, Possession of Opiates, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, and Resisting an Officer. Hawkshead was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Resisting an Officer.
Both were transported to the Charlotte County Jail; this is Hawkshead’s 13th booking, she is a convicted felon, and remains in jail on $6,000 bond. Miller, a convicted felon, has been booked 11 times; he also remains in jail on a $12,000 bond. The investigation continues.