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Traffic Violations Lead to Recovery of Three Guns on I-81

A Pennsylvania man was arrested and three guns were recovered from his car Thursday after a Maryland state trooper saw him talking on a hand-held phone with no hands on the steering wheel, as he was driving down Interstate-81 in Washington County.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A Pennsylvania man was arrested and three guns were recovered from his car Thursday after a Maryland state trooper saw him talking on a hand-held phone with no hands on the steering wheel, as he was driving down Interstate-81 in Washington County. 

Shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, a trooper and his cadet were patrolling on I-81 near Halfway Blvd when they spotted Scott C. Smartt, 51, of Needmore, Pa., driving while using his cell phone. They say Smartt was not wearing a seat belt, and he had no hands on the steering wheel. 

After pulling over the Lincoln, the trooper saw a handgun in the glove box of the vehicle when Smartt was searching for registration. Smartt was then ordered out of the car and arrested without incident. During a search of the car, troopers found a second handgun in the driver's side door, along with a chemical spray and a set of brass knuckles. In the trunk of the car, troopers found an AK-47-style rifle with a 30 round magazine. Troopers say the rifle was unloaded, but ammunition for it was found in the trunk. The gun in the driver's side door was not loaded. The gun found in the glove box was loaded.

Troopers say none of the firearms were reported stolen. State police firearms investigators will be conducting a follow up investigation. 

Smartt is charged with illegally transporting a handgun in a vehicle and possession of an assault weapon. He's also charged on traffic citations with not wearing a seat belt and using a hand-held phone. Smartt made his initial appearance before a court commissioner on Thursday, where he was released of his own recognizance. 
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