Man Arrested Following Suspicious Vehicle Call

Man Arrested Following Suspicious Vehicle Call

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - One man is behind bars following a suspicious vehicle call early Monday morning.

The Ector County Sheriff's Office tells NewsWest 9, an Ector County deputy saw a suspicious vehicle leaving a parking lot in the 1500 block of Avenue F just before 2 a.m.

Police say the vehicle was followed and further investigation revealed, Steven Smitch, 25, had a short barrel firearm in plain view inside his vehicle.

According to the report, the weapon, a .22 cal rifle, had been altered by the handle and made into a pistol grip. Officials say the weapon did have a live round in the chamber and eight rounds in a magazine.

During the investigation, deputies say Smitch was failing to obey commands, began walking away from deputies, refused to stop and had to be subdued and handcuffed.

Police say Smitch has been arrested for a prohibited weapon and another weapon, a .45 caliber revolver, was also found along with a baggie with approximately 4.5 grams of methamphetamine was also found.

Smitch was taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center.