Disabled taillight leads to weapon, drug charges for Conway man

Benning is charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of marijuana, and possession of a pistol by a convicted felon, according to online booking records from J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – What began as a burnt out taillight for one Conway man, turned into drug and weapon related charges Saturday night.

After pulling into a Wendy’s drive-thru around 11:55 p.m. Saturday, a Conway Police Officer noticed the Dodge Neon in front of him had a burnt out taillight and ran the vehicle’s tags. The tags came back suspended for cancelation of insurance.

The driver of the Dodge Neon decided against ordering from the fast food chain and jumped out of the drive-thru line. The officer followed the driver, identified as Quentin Antonio Benning, 25, of Conway, and initiated a traffic stop before leaving the restaurant parking lot.

Benning could not produce registration or insurance for the vehicle and his license returned as suspended, according to the police report. When the officer returned to Benning’s vehicle to place him under arrest for driving under suspension, he asked the 25-year-old if he had anything on him because Benning was “very nervous.”

Police report Benning confirmed that he had a gun in his waistband and marijuana in his pocket. Officers discovered a loaded Bersa Model 86 380 ACP pistol with a round in the chamber tucked in the right side of Benning’s pants and about 7.6 grams of marijuana in the man’s pocket, the report states. Digital scales were also found in Benning’s vehicle, according to police.

Benning is charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of marijuana, and possession of a pistol by a convicted felon, according to online booking records from J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Bond has been set at $10,000 for each gun charge and $570 for the marijuana possession, according to J. Reuben records.

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