Police arrest men after traffic stop

Thursday, August 26, 2010 | 3:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —Early Thursday morning Columbia police officers conducted a felony traffic stop after running the plates of a suspicious-looking vehicle, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

The vehicle had been reported stolen Aug. 22 by the Centralia Police Department, according to the release. 

Police identified the driver as Damien Dancy of Columbia and the passenger as Antonio Banks of St. Louis, according to the release.

"Banks initially lied to officers about his name because he had a 'no bond' felony warrant," according to the news release.

Officers also found a loaded 9mm handgun in the vehicle's glove box during the traffic stop.

Dancy was arrested on suspicion of first-degree tampering, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of weapons prohibited due to a previous felony conviction. Each charge carries a $4500 bond.

Banks was arrested for the felony warrant, with no bond, and second-degree tampering, which carries a $500 bond.

Both suspects were cooperative during the arrest, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department website, both suspects are still being held at Boone County Jail.


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