Deputies: Man driving drunk had loaded pistol in backpack
A man police said drove drunk and carried a concealed weapon without a permit was arraigned this week on drunken driving and weapons charges.
Courtesy of Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
Deputies responding to the crash smelled alcohol on Pittman’s breath and placed him in the back of a patrol car until a drunken driving evaluation could take place, Pennington said. While Pittman was in the back of the car, a deputy moved a backpack and felt a handgun inside, Pennington said.
Upon searching the backpack, deputies found a loaded pistol, Pennington said. Pittman did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon, he said.
Pittman registered a .16 blood alcohol level during a preliminary blood test, twice the legal driving limit in Michigan, Pennington said.
Pittman was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail, where he was booked and charged. He’s been arraigned on a count of carrying a concealed weapon, operating while intoxicated and possessing a firearm while under the influence. He’s due back in court for a preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. on March 27, according to court officials.
He was not lodged at the jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to records.