Man Arrested After Bedford Police Find Him With Stolen Handgun

(BEDFORD) – Bedford Police officers arrested a Mitchell man after they received a report of an erratic driver on Washington Avenue Thursday morning.

An officer witnessed the driver make several erratic lane movements and stopped the vehicle.

The driver was identified at 19-year-old Dakota Ferree. Police learned that Ferree was driving the vehicle while never obtaining a driver’s license.

James Banks

While officers were speaking with Ferree they noticed that his passenger, 19-year-old James Banks, of Mitchell, was acting nervous.

“While speaking to Banks, he told officers he had a loaded handgun in his waistband,” says Chief Terry Moore. “He told officers the gun was stolen.”

Police took the gun and confirmed it was stolen and arrested Banks on charges of possession of a stolen handgun and possession of a handgun without a permit.

Ferree was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of driving while never obtaining a driver’s license and was released.