Delaware State Police have arrested a Harrington man on weapons charged after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a loaded handgun in Dover.
The incident occurred on May 6, 2020 at approximately 12:58 a.m., when a Trooper observed a white Ford van traveling on N. Dupont Highway, Dover, above the posted speed limit.
A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the male driver and front seat passenger, later identified as 41-year-old Paul L. Ridenour, who initially provided police with a false name.
After being detained, troopers discovered a sock on the front passenger’s seat containing (19) 9mm bullets. Also discovered on the rear floor board of the vehicle was a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun loaded with one round in the chamber and five additional rounds in the magazine.
A computer inquiry revealed Ridenour was a person prohibited and had an active capias out for his arrest. He was transported back to Troop 9 where he was charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (2 counts), Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon A Firearm, and Criminal Impersonation.
Ridenour was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $28500.00 secured bond.
The 49-year-old male driver was issued a traffic citation for speeding (misdemeanor) and released.