Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Meth, Handguns, Knife— Fort Bragg Traffic Stop Allegedly Finds Elk Man Intoxicated and Possessing Assortment of Weapons


The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On February 19, 2022 at approximately 11:53 p.m., Officers of the Fort Bragg Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement stop, on a red Chevrolet in the 500 block of S. Franklin Street. Officers contacted the driver who was identified as Michael Mc Sorley. Throughout the course of the investigation, Officers determined Mc Sorley was possibly driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Prior to asking Mc Sorley to exit his vehicle, it was determined he was in possession of an un-registered concealed firearm with a high capacity magazine and a concealed dirk/dagger. Officers safely removed the firearm from Mc Sorley and rendered it safe without incident.

Mc Sorley declined to participate in any of the field sobriety tests and was subsequently placed under arrest for violating section 23152(A) of the California Vehicle Code. Prior to storing Mc Sorley’s vehicle, Officers conducted an inventory for any valuable items. Officers located a .45 caliber handgun that was loaded and concealed in the glovebox of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that this .45 caliber handgun was not registered to Mc Sorley. Officers also located a glass pipe with a bulbous end inside the Chevrolet.

A search of Mc Sorley’s person revealed a white crystalized substance which is consistent with the appearance of methamphetamine. Mc Sorley was arrested and charged for DUI, concealing a dirk or dagger, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, carrying a loaded handgun that’s not registered, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance.

Questions regarding this press release may be forwarded to Officer Jarod Frank at 707-961-2800 ext. 139 or jfrank@fortbragg.com.


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Matt LaFever
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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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