Two teenagers were arrested with a gun in a car near Buhach Colony High School on Wednesday, police said.
Acting on a tip from earlier in the day, Atwater police set up near Avenue Two just before 3 p.m. and stopped a car driven by a 17-year-old. Both the driver and his passenger, 18-year-old Fabian Camacho were arrested, police said.
Police searched the vehicle, because the driver is on active probation, and found a loaded .45 caliber handgun under the passenger seat, officers said. The driver also did not have a driver’s license, police said.
Police initially said the driver was an adult, but later said he is a minor.
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The teens are former students of the high school, and the driver was headed to the school to pick up his girlfriend, police said. They were stopped before they got on campus.
Both teenagers were placed under arrest and taken to the police department for questioning prior to being booked into Merced County Jail, officers said.
Camacho is being held in lieu of $345,000 bail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and other related charges.
The driver’s status was not available.