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Posted on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

Deputies: Man driving drunk had loaded pistol in backpack

By Kyle Feldscher

A man police said drove drunk and carried a concealed weapon without a permit was arraigned this week on drunken driving and weapons charges.


Harry Pittman

Courtesy of Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Thomas Pennington said Wednesday that Harry Pittman, 23, was arrested on suspicion causing a traffic accident at about 7:45 a.m. Friday. The accident occurred near Whittaker and Merritt Roads in Ypsilanti Township, Pennington said.

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.

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Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 8:06 p.m.

There is really only one reason to carry a loaded gun and that's if you anticipate needing it. Must run with a rough crowd.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 11:54 p.m.

Funny how this story and the police chase in Saline have pictures of the two arrested gentleman. I wonder if from now on is going to post all arrested people??? I wonder why you chose the two men for their mug shots?? Maybe it was their age or the time of day they got arrested, I can't think of any other reason.

Joseph Stratton

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 3:26 a.m.

the mugshots are public record and easily accessibly by request from the media. I really don't think the perp or their family would be cooperative in providing a recent picture, do you? I have been reading this web site since it's inception. I have seen many mugshots in these types of stories. What exactly are you insuating? I wish I had a dollar for every vague inference made to avoid being p.c. on this site.


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 12:49 a.m.

Maybe another picture wasn't available.............


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 10:42 p.m.

I would consider him SUPER something...


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 7:52 p.m.

So, would he be considered SUPER DRUNK?


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 2:48 a.m.

Missed by one one hundredth. .17 is the new threshold for 'superdrunk'.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

nice work WCSD........


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

This is one scary thing to be involved in. Alcohol, a gun and an accident. Glad that went off without a hitch. Could have been a whole lot worse.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

Ah, alcohol and firearms. Was he chewing tobacco too?