(FORT WAYNE) – Indiana State Trooper Aaron Meyer’s seemingly routine traffic stop for a headlight violation on Coliseum Boulevard last night results in the arrest of a Fort Wayne man for illegal weapons possession.
The investigation began last night after Trooper Meyer observed a passenger vehicle that was failing to display headlights as required just before 10 p.m., on Coliseum Blvd near the intersection with Executive Boulevard.
Trooper Meyer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver and two passengers.
During Meyer’s conversation with the driver, a strong odor of marijuana was observed coming from the passenger compartment.
Troopers Anthony Repass and Anthony Canul were called to the scene to assist Meyer with controlling the passengers and subsequent search of the vehicle.
During the course of the vehicle search, Trooper Repass had the front seat passenger, 25-year-old Marquis Hathaway, exit the vehicle. Repass observed a .38 Special revolver handgun, on the floor where Hathaway was seated.
Further investigation of Hathaway revealed that he was not permitted to carry a handgun, as he was a convicted serious violent felon, with previous convictions in 2014 for possession of a handgun without a license (Allen County Superior Court) and for robbery (Marion County Superior Court).
Hathaway was arrested without incident and transported to the Allen County Jail on charges of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and felon in possession of a firearm.