ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – A Missouri driver had two loaded guns in her glove compartment, one with hollow-nosed bullets, when she was stopped by Rochelle Park police, authorities said.
Officer Brian Gallina stopped the 2013 Dodge Avenger with Missouri plates and heavily tinted windows Friday afternoon on West Passaic Street, Lt. Dean Pinto said.
The driver, 24-year-old Savanah Dee Faith Nimmo, of Poplar Bluff, MO, didn’t have any paperwork for the car, said Pinto, who was one of the backup officers who responded to the scene.
“When she was asked to retrieve the registration and insurance information from her glove box, she hesitated and advised Officer Gallina that there were two guns in the glove box,” he said.
After Nimmo was removed from the car, police found the guns – a Walther .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Rock Island Armory .38 special revolver -- along with additional ammo, Pinto said. She had neither licenses nor permits for the weapons, he added.
The vehicle was impounded and Nimmo was released pending a hearing on weapons and illegal ammunition possession charges.
The gun were sent to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification to determine ownership and whether they’d been used in the commission of a crime.
“The dangers of this job are not just confined to big cities,” Police Chief Robert Flannelly said. “I am proud that these two illegally possessed guns and hollow nose bullets, which are meant only to take life, were taken off the street.”
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