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KALKASKA COUNTY, MI. On Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, at approximately 1:20 a.m., troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Houghton Lake Post stopped a vehicle on US-131 near Sandy Pines Drive in Kalkaska Township for defective equipment.

The driver, a convicted felon, was arrested for possession of a handgun and several other charges. The passenger was issued a citation for having open intoxicants in the vehicle.

When the troopers contacted the occupants, they noticed an open can of beer and an open bottle of liquor. The driver, a 39-year-old man from Gaylord, was asked to perform sobriety tests. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and a handgun was found tucked between the driver seat and center console. Numerous shotgun shells were also found in the vehicle. After performing sobriety tests, the driver was asked to submit to a chemical test. The chemical test was submitted to the MSP Crime Lab for analysis. The driver was lodged in the Kalkaska County Jail for Possession of Firearms by a Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, Open Intoxicants in a Vehicle and Unlawful Use of License Plate. He is awaiting arraignment.

The passenger, a 37-year-old man from Thompsonville, was issued a citation for Open Intoxicants in a Vehicle.

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