Police arrest convicted felon for gun possession

Perry Wittrell (Source: Cashbond)
Perry Wittrell (Source: Cashbond)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police arrested a convicted felon during a traffic stop in downtown Charleston early Friday morning.

Charleston Police Department officers said they were patrolling near the corners of King and Mount Pleasant streets around 2 a.m. when they conducted a stop on 42-year-old Perry Wittrell, of Ravenel, after watching him cross a double yellow line with his vehicle which had only one functioning headlight.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police found a handgun with "an obliterated serial number".

Wittrell, who was previously convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill and armed robbery in 1993, was charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon, and driving under suspension.

He was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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