Kansas City car chase nets guns and cash

10/17/2013 12:24 AM

10/17/2013 12:24 AM

Kansas City police recovered an AK-47 rifle, two handguns and $8,300 in cash after a speeding driver crashed into a fire hydrant earlier this week.

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged 19-year-old Marcel L. Smith with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Just before 3 a.m. Monday, officers saw the car speeding on Main Street near 44th Street and began to follow it as it continued speeding, ran a red light and weaved through lanes of traffic, according to federal court documents.

Eventually the car wrecked near 57th Street and Troost Avenue. Smith was arrested after a short foot chase. Officers retracing the path he had run found a .40-caliber handgun and cash, totaling more than $8,300, strewn on the ground. In the wrecked car they also found the rifle and another .40-caliber handgun. All of the weapons were loaded, according to court documents.

Smith told police he had been a passenger in the car and was asleep before it crashed. He denied knowing anything about the money and guns.

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