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Johnson City police: Felon found with loaded gun during I-26 traffic stop

Staff Report • May 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM

An Interstate 26 traffic stop led Johnson City police Wednesday to find a loaded gun, resulting in a Kingsport man's arrest.

Leonte A.Ward, 27, 237 Fontana St., Kingsport, was stopped for speeding on I-26, police said in a news release.

A convicted felon, Ward was driving on a revoked license, and police found a loaded handgun in his possession.

About 10:15 p.m., police spotted Ward's BMW going 76 mph in a 55 mph zone and pulled him over, according to a report.

A records check indicated Ward's license had been revoked and he had been charged with fleeing from law enforcement and reckless endangerment in 2008. He also had been convicted of a felony involving the use of force or violence, police said in the report.

Police found a 9 mm handgun near the car's console.

Ward was charged with driving on a revoked license and unlawful weapon possession by a convicted felon.

He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $11,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance this morning.