Traffic stop may yield prison sentence

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) – A Campbell man with a lengthy criminal history, who already is on parole, could be heading back to prison after a traffic stop Friday morning.

Campbell police stopped Abimael Vazquez, 33, of 585 Tenney Ave., just after 11 a.m. after police said he went through a stop sign at 14th Street and Tremble Avenue. As the officer approached the Chevrolet Impala, Vazquez opened the driver’s side door and put both of his hands outside the vehicle, which the officer said means the person is carrying a handgun, the police report states.

When the officer asked for his driver’s license, Vazquez said he did not have one. The officer wrote in his report that he was familiar with Vazquez and also believed he had an active warrant out of Campbell.

After running his information through dispatch, it was discovered Vazquez had an active warrant for violation of a protection order. He was placed under arrest for the warrant as well as for a stop sign violation and driving under suspension.

During a search of the car, officers found between the driver seat and center console a 9-millimeter handgun loaded with six live rounds, including one that was chambered, the report states.

Vazquez was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability because of prior convictions for weapons charges, felonious assault and drugs, the report states.

He was arraigned in Campbell Municipal Court and is being held without bond at the Mahoning County Jail pending a court appearance next week.

According to Campbell Municipal Court records, Vazquez is due in court July 18 on a criminal trespassing charge filed in December.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of fleeing and eluding on Jan. 8, 2013, for which he paid a fine and served three days in jail. In July 2008, Vazquez pleaded guilty to criminal damaging and was placed on six months probation and ordered to pay restitution, court records show. He violated his probation three times, including once for carrying a concealed weapon and once for drug possession.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records show Vazquez was sentenced in March 2000 to four years in prison for a felonious assault conviction and an additional three years for a weapons specification, meaning he should have been released in 2007. However, he was granted judicial release in March 2004 and was placed on two years probation, which he violated five months later, court records show.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge John Durkin re-imposed Vazquez’s original sentence of four years on the felonious assault charge, but later vacated the sentence after an appeal and Vazquez was released from probation in October 2006.

Court records also show that during a traffic stop in February, Austintown police found drugs in Vazquez’s car and he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in March, when he was placed on one year of probation.

He also has convictions for obstruction, drug possession and having weapons under disability.

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