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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Traffic stop yields numerous weapons and lots of ammunition

By Stan Finger
The Wichita Eagle

Six concealed handguns.

Several knives with blades longer than 12 inches.

A hatchet.

Two swords.

More than 5,000 rounds of ammunition.

All in the possession of a 65-year-old Wichita man pulled over by officers early this morning for driving the wrong way on George Washington Boulevard, police say.

Someone called 911 at about 2:30 a.m. to say a vehicle had struck a utility pole and was driving the wrong way on George Washington near Pawnee, Lt. Doug Nolte said. Officers responding to the report spotted the vehicle at George Washington Boulevard and Hillside. When they pulled him over and began questioning him, his responses suggested he was intoxicated.

One of the officers noticed the butt of a handgun protruding from the waistband of the driver’s pants, so he was asked to get out of the vehicle. When officers patted the man down, they found a handful of holstered handguns, Nolte said. They also found the other weapons and ammunition inside.

“At this point, we don’t have any idea what his reasoning was for having that many weapons - all illegally,” Nolte said.

The man was booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and weapons offenses.

Contact Stan Finger at 316-268-6437.

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