Two people are facing charges after police seized a firearm and drugs during traffic stop early Friday.
Washington police said charges are pending against a 20-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman following an arrest at around 4:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22. The man is facing charges of resisting arrest while the woman could be charged with drug possession.
The man was pulled over for failure to yield and nearly striking a patrol car in a white Chrysler vehicle. He was stopped at the Fas-Trip gas station at the intersection of Highway 47 and Fifth Street.
The man told the officer he had dropped a cigarette and didn’t see the police vehicle. Police said the man did not have a valid driver’s license and was believed to have warrants for his arrest out of Warren County.
While talking to the man, the officer noticed the handle of a gun under the seat. According to the police report, when the officer asked the suspect about the gun, the man began to reach for the weapon.
The officer then told the man to exit the vehicle. After the man was outside the car, the officer tried to put out the man’s cigarette, the man started to run.
The officer apprehended and handcuffed him before he left the gas station parking lot. An employee at Fas-Trip came out to assist, but was not needed to restrain the man, police said.
During questioning the woman in the car told police she had “dope” in her bra. The officer believed she was in possession of methamphetamine.
The two were arrested and charges are pending, police said.