SUV with “failed to return” alarm status recovered

May 19, 2021 Steve A. Gosuico 249 views

ZARAGOSA, Nueva Ecija — A Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) which has a Land Transportation Office (LTO) alarm of “failed to return vehicle” status since 2015 was intercepted by checkpoint operatives here.

Recovered was a blue 2015 model Ford Everest which was registered to one Melanie Hernandez, of B17, L2, Tulip St., Camella Homes, San Pedro, Laguna.

Police head Major Jaime P. Ferrer said the SUV was flagged down in Bgy. Sta. Lucia Young at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after it only bore a front plate with the wording of MASON on its front bumper.

Ferrer said its driver, Karl Christian Puno, 22, and passenger, John Joshua Martin, 32, both of Bgy Bucot, Aliaga were accosted when Puno failed to present his driver’s license and the vehicle’s registration papers.

“Finlag down namin yung SUV, kasi nga walang plaka, mason na pangalan nasa plaka, tinanong ko yun driver bakit Mason ka ba, eh hindi naman daw, pinagamit lang daw sa kanila yung sasakyan,” said Ferrer.

Major Lester P. Zafra, provincial highway patrol chief, saidverification showed the SUV was listed with an LTO alarm of “failed to return” since 2015.

After learning the status of the vehicle, Ferrer said Puno executed an affidavit voluntarily surrendering the SUV to the highway patrol group.