(BLOOMINGTON) - A 19-year-old man was arrested Saturday morning after Bloomington police found a loaded handgun inside his backpack.
Garris Harrison of Vincennes faces a preliminary charge of carrying a handgun without a permit. Harrison was booked and later released into the Monroe County Jail.
BPD Sgt. John Kovach says police received a call at 4:15 a.m. about a disturbance near the 900 block of North Maple Street.
When police arrived they found four men had pulled to the side of the road in a 2006 four-door Nissan. Police approached the car to speak with the driver, who was underage, and the driver told police a couple of his friends had been involved in an altercation.
Officers noticed alcohol in the driver's compartment and searched the car.
During the search, police located a loaded Glock .44 alongside a bottle of vodka in Harrison's backpack.
Harrison could not provide a permit for the firearm and told police he was carrying it for protection as he traveled.
Neither the driver nor the other passengers were cited for alcohol-related offenses.
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