Downtown: Man on bond for gun charge accused of having another firearm during traffic crash

Andres Alcala | CPD

A man who was on bail while awaiting trial for illegal gun possession is charged with unlawful possession of another gun after paramedics allegedly found him sitting on a firearm, passed out behind the wheel of his car downtown.

Fire department personnel who responded to a traffic crash Wednesday on the Columbus Bridge found 24-year-old Andres Alcala passed out behind the wheel of his Honda Civic.

When paramedics removed him from his car to begin treatment, they found a loaded handgun on the driver’s seat where he had been sitting, prosecutors said. Arriving police officers secured the firearm and allegedly located a baggie containing more than two ounces of suspected Xanax in the driver-side cup holder.

Prosecutors charged Alcala with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

In September, Alcala posted a $1,000 deposit bond to get out of jail after prosecutors charged him with another unlawful use of a weapon case, prosecutors said. He was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2017, according to the state.

Judge Charles Beach ordered Alcala held without bail for violating the terms of his September bail bond. Beach set bail in the new charge at $20,000 and ordered Alcala to go on electronic monitoring if he can post the mandatory 10% deposit bond.

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