Police Find Loaded Pistol In Arrested Driver’s Vehicle

Loaded Pistol Found In Arrested Driver's VehicleSANATOGA PA – A 21-year-old Philadelphia man who Lower Pottsgrove Township police determined was driving with a concealed, loaded semi-automatic pistol in his car was arrested early Sunday (Jan. 19, 2014) on North Charlotte Street near School Lane, and currently is in jail facing multiple charges, Ofc. Royce Repka said.

Khareif Derrell Williams, of the 500 block of Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, has been charged with both felony and misdemeanor firearm counts, driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving, driving with a suspended license, and other motor vehicle-related counts, Repka reported. He is scheduled for a Jan. 29 (Wednesday) preliminary hearing in the Sanatoga courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.

Repka said he stopped Williams at 12:13 a.m. as he was heading north in a black Mitsubishi Galant on the right shoulder of North Charlotte Street. The officer alleged he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver, and administered field sobriety tests. Williams was deemed too impaired to safely operate a motor vehicle; police placed him in custody for DUI.

Police recovered the gun, with rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one in the chamber, as they conducted an investigation of car’s interior, Repka reported. Williams also had an open and almost empty bottle of wine in the vehicle, they allege.

Williams was taken to the Pottstown Police Department, where processing by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in its DUI Fast-Track Center found he had a blood alcohol content of 0.143 percent. A police records check also indicated Williams was driving with a suspended license, and lacked a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Williams is currently housed at the county Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA, with bail set at $5,000 cash.

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