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May 31, 2023

Man found with firearm, drugs after pursuit accepts plea deal

A Hollister man accused of possessing a firearm and drug charges after an early August foot pursuit with police accepted a plea deal and will be sentenced in March.  

Adam Mendoza, 35 at the time of his August arrest, was charged by the district attorney’s office with felonies alleging possession of a controlled substance while armed, manufacturing a deadly weapon and possessing ammunition. Additionally, he faces misdemeanor charges alleging he’s a felon who purchased a firearm, resisting an officer, driving with privileges revoked, and possessing a controlled substance paraphernalia, according to records.

Mendoza this week entered a no-contest plea in an agreement that will net him 120 days in county jail and felony probation, according to court records. He is represented by attorney Pamela Brown.

His sentencing hearing is set for 11 a.m. March 13 at the San Benito County Courthouse.

According to the Hollister Police Department arrest report from August:

On August 1, 2018, at about 03:37 A.M., Officer Juan Guevara was on patrol in the downtown area when he attempted to stop a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. The vehicle did not immediately stop, but turned onto Second Street then East Street.

The suspect vehicle stopped and the driver got out of the car and ran northbound on East Street.  Officer Guevara chased after him on foot for several yards while the man was discarding items while he attempted to get away. Officer Guevara caught the man just prior to Santa Ana Road and placed him under arrest.

Upon searching the suspect, Officer Guevara found a large amount of cash, brass knuckles, and suspected methamphetamine on his person. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The man was identified as being Mendoza, from Hollister.

Officer Guevara then went back to attempt to locate the items that had been discarded by Mendoza.  Officer Guevara located Mendoza’s cell phone and semi-automatic pistol. The firearm was loaded and another magazine that matched the magazine found in the firearm was found inside of the suspect vehicle along with more cash and more suspected methamphetamine.

Mendoza was transported to the San Benito County Jail where he was booked for possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in public, destroying or concealing evidence, obstruct an officer, transportation of a controlled substance/ sales, possession of brass knuckles, driving on a suspended license and possessing unlawful drug paraphernalia.