Cops: Suspect reached for loaded gun during traffic stop

Kurt Porcher. (Source: CCDC)
Kurt Porcher. (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A traffic stop in North Charleston took a dangerous turn after police say a 25-year-old suspect attempted to grab a loaded handgun off the passenger seat of his car when officers told him they could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Kurt Porcher was arrested by North Charleston police Wednesday and charged with failure to signal a turn, unlawful carry of a firearm, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, and possession of marijuana in the proximity of a school.

According to an incident report, Porcher was pulled over in the area of Leeds Avenue just before 6 p.m. after he was seen making a right turn without a using a turn signal.

Police say Porcher was asked to step out of his 1998 Honda Civic because a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the car. That was when Porcher quickly reached for a red shirt sitting on his passenger seat.

The report states officers grabbed Porcher and pulled him out of the car as the suspect tried to pull away and reach towards the shirt. The suspect continued to pull away and fight, even after he was placed in handcuffs.

Officers say a loaded .380 pistol was found under the shirt on the passenger seat. A bullet was already in the chamber.

A total of 25 grams of marijuana was found on Porcher, along with clear bags, a scale, and $566 in cash, the report states.

The cash and vehicle were released to the suspect's mother, officers say.

Porcher is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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