Taillight malfunction and driver's nervous behavior leads to drug, weapons charges


A taillight malfunction and a driver's nervous behavior turned a routine traffic stop into drug and weapons charges case, according to Myrtle Beach Police.

An incident report shows that, around 9:50 p.m. on Thursday, an officer saw an older model car in an otherwise quiet area.

The officer said the vehicle was initially going slower than the speed limit, but accelerated and quickly turned into a gas station parking lot when the officer got behind them.

The report shows the officer then conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation as both break lights on the car were malfunctioning.

When the officer approached the car, they said the "driver appeared nervous. His eyes were open wide and his chest was rising and falling faster than normal for someone who was only being stopped for an equipment violation."

At that point, the officer said the driver began to reach into the center console, facing away from the officer.

The officer reports that he then asked the driver if he had any weapons in the vehicle.

"At this time his chest began to rise even faster and I noticed sweat on his forehead," the report states.

The driver eventually confirmed to police that he had a pistol under his seat, according to a police report.

According to the report, the driver said he wasn't sure if he had a concealed weapons permit, as he had taken a class for it but did not have any paperwork related to it.

While conducting a search of the vehicle, the office located the weapon, an AK47 style pistol, a black glove, a glass jar with a substance believed to be marijuana, one drum magazine, one banana style magazine, and 94 rounds of ammunition.

The driver was identified as Da'Von Dogett, 22.

He was arrested and charged with a traffic violation for improper or defective taillights.

The report shows that a warrant for unlawful carry has also been requested.

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