On December 30th, 2011, Chief Ray Amalfitano took 28-year-old Joshua Matthew Perry, of Macon County, into custody after finding a weapon in his possession.

Chief Amalfitano worked the 6 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. shift last Friday night and while on patrol he stopped a late model Grand Am for violation of the light law. As he approached the car and spoke with the driver about why he was stopped, he noticed two other male occupants inside the automobile, one in the front seat and one in the back.

“I noticed the occupants were all very nervous,” said Chief Amalfitano, “at which time I called Sgt. Ruiz as back up. I explained to the driver what I was doing, and as I pulled him out of the automobile, I asked him if there was anything in the car that he wasn’t suppose to have.”

After Ruiz arrived, the chief ask for permission to search the vehicle and the driver consented. “Sgt. Ruiz went to the front passenger’s side and had him to step out,” continued the chief, “and he patted him down while watching the other passenger in the back seat.”

“When I originally stopped the Grand Am, I noticed the back passenger putting something under the seat. I then asked him if he had anything in the vehicle that shouldn’t be there and during the search I found a gun beneath him. I walked over to Sgt. Ruiz and told him to handcuff the guy he had and when I knew Ruiz was safe, I drew my weapon and took Perry into custody for our safety.”

The chief retrieved the unloaded gun and bullets and after checking with dispatch, he found the Perry subject had an outstanding warrant in Trousdale County, for violation of probation. And according to the chief, Perry was not suppose to be in possession of a weapon.

“Perry was transported to the Macon County Justice Center and Trousdale County was notified where they could pick him up,” noted the Chief, “and charges are pending from my department.”

The driver, along with the other passenger, were subsequently released.