COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday night after fleeing police.
Quinton James Vaughan, 21, was the passenger of a cream-colored 1985 Buick LeSabre pulled over by a deputy on Brown School Road near Highway 63. When the vehicle was stopped for an expired license plate, Vaughan got out of the vehicle, dropped a loaded revolver and ran, said Tom Reddin, a major in the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
Vaughan was stopped without struggle by a responding deputy.
Vaughan was arrested on suspicion of the unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, according to a release from the sheriff's department.
The driver of the vehicle was allowed to leave, the release stated.
In 2009, Vaughan received a felony conviction for the unlawful distribution and delivery of drug paraphernalia, Reddin said.
In Missouri, it is illegal for someone with a criminal record to have a firearm.
Vaughan was taken to Boone County Jail, the release stated. His bond is $9,500.