Suspected DUI Driver Arrested After Tossing Pistol into San Francisco Bay

KRON4 reports that on Wednesday, October 6, police in San Rafael arrested a man on suspicion of driving under the influence of narcotics and tossing a firearm into San Francisco Bay.

According to the statement issued by the San Rafael Police Department, at approximately 7:52 p.m., dispatchers began receiving calls of a motorist driving erratically near the intersection of San Pedro Road and Riviera Drive.

Witnesses say that the car jumped a curb, and the vehicle was disabled. The driver abandoned the car and was attempting to gain entrance into area residences and a school bus. 

San Rafael Police officers responding to the scene were told that the suspect also was seen tossing what appeared to be a handgun into the bay.  

A short time later, the officers located the suspect, 28-year-old Richard Harrison Hickey III, previously of Petaluma and San Anselmo, and placed him under arrest on suspicion of DUI.

Divers with the  Marin County Sheriff’s Department located a Glock pistol in the waters in the area where Hickey was believed to have tossed the weapon. When questioned by officers, Hickey admitted that the Glock was his. 

The San Rafael Police Department alleges that Hickey had been driving under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident. 

While searching Hickey’s vehicle, investigators found fentanyl, other drugs, and an empty gun holster. San Rafael detectives are investigating whether the weapon may be connected to any crimes or was stolen.

Hickey was booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of DUI, possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, carrying a loaded gun in public, and being an addict or felon in possession of a firearm. 

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