Driver pleads not guilty to stolen gunsPublished 10:39am Friday, February 14, 2014
A 19-year-old arrested for carrying two reported stolen pistols pleaded not guilty Thursday in Mower County Court.
Morgan Dwayne Pratt, of Austin, pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of ineligible person carrying a pistol, two felony charges of theft and a misdemeanor charge for underage drinking and driving.
Police arrested Pratt and cited a 16-year-old for possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 29 while on patrol in southwest Austin at 3 a.m. According to the court complaint, an officer saw a car turn its lights off as he passed in his squad car. The second time the officer drove by, it appeared an occupant had been ducking to avoid view.
While officers approached the vehicle, Pratt and the other teen exited the vehicle, and Pratt said he wasn’t driving. An officer then discovered Pratt was allegedly carrying a .22-caliber pistol and later discovered a 9 mm pistol in the car, along with drug paraphernalia. The pistol had previously been registered as stolen from an Adams residence, and the owner then discovered the 9 mm had been stolen, as well. A preliminary breath test later revealed Pratt had a 0.07 blood-alcohol concentration, as well.