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Driver charged with having loaded gun under seat

Cary Ashby • Nov 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

A Portland, Oregon man is accused having a loaded .357 Magnum under his seat during a Norwalk Township traffic stop.

Joseph M. Vanderputten, 67, was stopped for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 20. Trooper Steven Drew, of the state Highway Patrol, made the traffic stop at 8:54 p.m. Sunday. Vanderputten was westbound, but his ultimate destination is unknown.

"(The gun) was under the driver's seat," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said.

"He doesn't have a valid CCW," Christophel said, referring to a concealed carry permit.

Vanderputten was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, which is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars, and transported to the Huron County Jail.

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