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On February 5, 2018, Dep. McClure responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 28000 block of Pt. Lookout Road, in Leonardtown.  The vehicle was operated by Joseph Francis Yates, age 58, of Mechanicsville.  The vehicle was disabled and needed to be towed from the accident scene.  A vehicle inventory was completed and the handle of a pistol was observed under the front driver’s seat of the vehicle; further search revealed a loaded .380 pistol under the driver’s seat.

A check of the pistol revealed it was reported stolen, and Yates is a convicted felon, thus it is illegal for him to possess ammunition or a handgun.

Yates was arrested and charged with Illegal Possession of Ammunition, Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm, Handgun in Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm w/Felony Conviction. CASE# 6525-18

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