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Posted: July 5, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Failure to stop leads to arrest for loaded gun

Man runs stop sign, found with pistol under front seat

A 22-year-old man was stopped early Monday morning for failing to stop at a stop sign and ended up in jail after deputies located a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were watching an intersection for vehicles not stopping at the stop sign. They reportedly noticed a silver Dodge Stratus fail to stop at the stop sign and pulled in behind the vehicle, initiating a traffic stop.

While approaching the vehicle, deputies reportedly saw the driver, identified as Anthony Napoleon Burkett, lean toward the passenger side of the vehicle reach underneath the passenger seat.

After making contact with Burkett and citing him for failure to stop at a stop sign, deputies asked the young man if he had anything in the vehicle that he was not supposed to have, such as weapons or illegal drugs and Burkett allegedly said "no, I don’t have anything like that." When asked if they could search his vehicle, Burkett reportedly told the deputies that they could.

As one deputy stood with Burkett the other deputy searched the vehicle. In the front passenger side floorboard area the deputy reportedly noticed a white tank top tucked just under the seat. When he moved the shirt he allegedly located a semi-automatic pistol hidden underneath it. It was the same area the deputies noticed Burkett leaning toward when they initially stopped him, according to reports. The Smith & Wesson firearm was loaded with one round in the chamber and a full magazine of 16 rounds.

When asked if he had a license to carry a concealed weapon Burkett reportedly told the deputies he did not. The firearm came back clear of any wants and Burkett was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign and carrying a concealed weapon.

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