21 year old Matt Murphee of Texarkana was carrying prohibited weapons.
Driver Rolls Vehicle, Arrested for Weapons / Firearm, LIVINGSTON, March 16, 2013 - Shortly before 12 noon on March 16, 2013, a red Chevy Cobalt driven by Matt Murphee, 21, of Texarkana was north-bound on US-59 just south of Livingston when his vehicle left the road to the left and rolled. Murphee's vehicle came to rest upright facing south in the median near the south-bound lanes of traffic. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Murphee crawled out of the wreckage and was physically okay. Proper protocol for a wrecked vehicle that's to be towed calls for an inventory of the vehicle's contents. That's when problems began for Murphee. First, Trooper Burman found a semi-automatic pistol, then a switchblade knife (prohibited weapon), then another knife, and another, then a sword, a club, and a bat. Being in possession of a prohibited weapon (switchblade), automatically put Murphee in violation of the law, which at that point, makes carrying a firearm illegal. Murphee was placed under arrest and is facing four counts of ulawful carrying weapon (pistol) while in commission of another offense (2 clubs, a sword), one possession of a prohibited weapon (switchblade). Murphee's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Murphee rolled his Chevy Cobalt, but that was just the beginning of his problems.
Trooper Kevin Burman questions Murphee as he inventories his vehicle.
Burman found a semi-automatic pistol (the pistol was loaded, Burman removed the bullets).
Burman located several knives including a switchblade.
...then a sword.
Houdini was watching events unfold.
...a club and a baseball bat were added to the collection of weapons.
Burman placed Murphee under arrest for weapons and firearms violations.
Murphee's vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing.
Mixi appeared to be laughing, while Molly looked bewildered.
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