Officer offers ride, finds handgun

March 08, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A Howard County police officer offered a ride to a Jessup man outside an Ellicott City convenience store early yesterday, but ended up taking the man to jail after finding he was carrying a .38-caliber handgun.

The officer had seen the man talking on a pay telephone next to the Shell Food Market in the 8500 block of U.S. 40 about 1 a.m. yesterday. When the officer approached, the man said he was left behind by some friends and was trying to get a ride home.

The officer offered the man a ride, but asked permission to search him first. The man agreed, and the officer found a handgun and ammunition tucked in the man's coat, police said.

Jason Lamar Smith, 18, of the 8700 block of Clemente Court, was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon. He was being held at the Howard County Detention Center on a $250 bond last night, a Howard District Court commissioner said.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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