Teen Driver Arrested Near Ethel for DUI Had Illegal Gun While Driving Stolen Car

By The Chronicle

A Tacoma resident was arrested early Tuesday morning near Ethel on suspicion of being high on marijuana, having an illegal gun and driving a stolen vehicle after a traffic stop, according to court documents and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. 

Bonifacio P. Alvarez-Reynolds, 19, of Tacoma, was charged Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle. He is also facing charges in Lewis County District Court for driving under the influence and illegally possessing a loaded firearm with its serial number filed off. 

At 2:39 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office pulled a vehicle over for erratic lane travel in the 1600 block of U.S. Highway 12. The deputy noted Alvarez-Reynolds, the driver, “was slow to speak and his eyes were watery and bloodshot,” according to court documents.

He reportedly admitted to recently smoking marijuana. 

The deputy also noted the suspect was wearing black latex gloves. 

“When asked why he was wearing them, Alvarez-Reynolds advised he just felt like wearing them,” according to court documents.

Alvarez-Reynolds was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana while under 21 years old. 

Deputies also found a loaded firearm in the vehicle with its serial number filed off, according to court documents.