Wanted Redding felon arrested with loaded handgun

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say one of two people found “passed out” inside a vehicle at a Redding gas station, a wanted felon on PRCS probation, was arrested on multiple charges and an outstanding warrant early this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 1.


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While on patrol, Redding Police Officer Tim Jaegle contacted two subjects passed out in a vehicle in a gas station parking lot on Eureka Way, Redding Police Sergeant Gary Meadows later said of the arrest.

While speaking with the driver, Charles French, 56, of Redding, Officer Jaegle discovered French is currently on Post Release Community Supervision and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. 

56-year-old, Charles French, who is on probation and had a warrant for his arrest, was arrested early this morning after he was found passed out inside his car with a loaded handgun within his reach. RPD photos

“During a subsequent search of French’s vehicle, Officer Jaegel located a loaded 9mm handgun on the passenger seat, well within French’s reach,” said Meadows; adding, “French is a convicted felon and therefore prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.”

French was also in possession of drug smoking paraphernalia.

Based on Jaegle’s investigation, French was arrested for multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, as well as his warrant, and was booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding.

“The second subject, who was passed out in the back seat, was contacted and released with no charges,” said Meadows.

Online jail records the morning of French’s arrest indicate he is no longer incarcerated and had already been released from custody.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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