Probationer charged after gun allegedly found in traffic stop

Christian Delano Wilson (Submitted photo)
Christian Delano Wilson (Submitted photo)

A man on probation for a felony conviction was arrested early Saturday after a gun was allegedly found in his possession following a routine traffic stop.

Christian Delano Wilson, 28, who lists a Higdon Ferry Road address, was taken into custody shortly before 3:30 a.m. and charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm by certain persons, punishable by up to six years in prison, and also had two misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear.

Wilson was being held on an $11,000 bond and was set to appear Monday in Garland County District Court. According to court records, he was convicted May 18, 2021, for aggravated assault and sentenced to five years' probation. The charge stemmed from his arrest May 27, 2020, for hitting a man in the head with a handgun.

Wilson was also arrested on Sept. 3, 2016, on a felony charge of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a handgun at another man, but the charge was withdrawn on Aug. 22, 2017, for further investigation. He was previously convicted Sept. 28, 2020, of a misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm in the city limits.

According to the probable cause affidavit on Saturday's arrest, shortly before 3:30 a.m., Hot Springs police Cpl. Phillip Vanderburg made a traffic stop on a silver Honda Odyssey after the driver reportedly made an improper turn onto Central Avenue off Crawford Street.

He made contact with the driver, identified as Wilson, who was taken into custody on the misdemeanor warrants and was determined to be on probation with an active search waiver on file.

In searching the vehicle where he had been sitting, officers allegedly found a 9-mm handgun resulting in the new felony charge. Wilson was also cited for the improper turn.

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