A known felon is now behind bars after fleeing a Benton County traffic incident Saturday night.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies stopped Jeremy Ryan Smith in a Toyota in the area of 1st and Gumm Street.
The deputies saw a loaded gun in the vehicle, which was covered up on the passenger seat.

It was learned Smith was a felon, meaning he cannot have a firearm in his possession. Smith refused to exit the vehicle and took off, ditching the vehicle at Finley Road and Pullman Road. Smith then fled on foot. Officers recovered the gun.

The 43-year old was eventually located and is being held on numerous charges including Eluding.

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Last night deputies stopped Jeremy Ryan Smith 5/3/77 in the area of 1st and Gum. Deputies observed a loaded rifle on...

Posted by Benton County, WA Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Jerry Hatcher on Sunday, January 24, 2021

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