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After witnessing a vehicle reach speeds exceeding 100 mph, Frederick police pulled it over and arrested the 17-year-old driver who was reportedly armed.

While the Frederick Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted surveillance on a residence to find a person wanted for felony assault, authorities saw a suspicious vehicle leave the residence at about 11 p.m. March 30, according to a Thursday news release from police. Police did not specify where the surveillance took place.

Officers followed to see if the driver was the wanted subject and allegedly saw the vehicle speeding on U.S. 15 southbound.

Police pulled the vehicle over on Md. 85, then the driver exited the vehicle without police direction with a handgun sticking out of his hooded sweatshirt, authorities allege. Police realized the driver was not the wanted person they searched for but arrested him when they saw the gun, Thursday's FPD statement reads.

The teen allegedly possessed a handgun with one round in the chamber and eight more in the magazine, police wrote, and the serial number appeared to be damaged on purpose to make it illegible.

The teen's case is currently in District Court. His charges include: wearing a loaded handgun on his person, possessing a firearm as a minor and possessing a firearm with an obliterated identification number, police said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the teen's case is in juvenile court. That incorrect information came from the city of Frederick, which later clarified the case is still currently in the adult court system.

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The first paragraph is out of place. The 2nd paragraph should be the first paragraph to the story.


A minor with an illegal handgun! In Frederick County! What a surprise! Anyone of any age can get any gun for any purpose, anonymously. Easily! Two Military Doctors, man and Wife, shot dead as they stood in their front yard in Springfield Virginia yesterday. By a 19 y.o. and a 20 y.o. This only happens in America. 17 mass murders in our Country by firearms in the first 4 months of the year. Of course, guns don’t kill people, nuts kill people. There should be laws prohibiting nuts with guns killing people....oh! there already are? But if nuts do kill people with guns, they shouldn’t be allowed to shoot themselves too, they should be arrested and put to death by firing squad. That’ll stop all these shootings real fast.


Whew, this was story is poorly written.


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