A Larkspur martial arts instructor suspected of driving under the influence now faces much more serious charges.
A middle-of-the-night traffic stop by a officer yielded a stash of burglary tools and paraphernalia related to methamphetamine use in the driver's car, police said Thursday.
After witnessing a traffic violation, an officer pulled over a white sedan in the 8100 block of North Redwood Boulevard south of the motel at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Sgt. Jennifer Welch said. During a conversation, the officer suspected the driver to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and started a DUI investigation.
During a search of the vehicle, burglary tools and drug paraphernalia was found, leading to the arrest of the driver, Bon Kim, 31, of Larkspur, and a passenger, Riley J. Martin, 29, of Livermore.
Kim, a martial arts instructor, faces felony charges of possession of a leaded cane/billy club, possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription and possession of a controlled substance plus DUI and two other misdemeanors. Martin, who works in construction, faces two felony drug charges and three misdemeanors.
Kim made his professional mixed martial arts fight debut in 2006 in Santa Rosa. He played football at Redwood High School and College of Marin.
Kim was released on bail.