Dearborn man arrested up north for having loaded rifle in van, police said

Jeffery Prather charged with possession of loaded firearm in vehicle

Jeffery Prather (WDIV)

CHARLTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Dearborn man who was pulled over up north for a shining violation was arrested when the officer found a loaded rifle in his van, according to authorities.

Jeffery Prather, 57, was pulled over around 11:20 p.m. Sunday in the area of Fairgrieve and Dagon roads in Charlton Township. A Gaylor trooper said Prather was driving slowly while shining green and amber lights toward a field.

Prather was pulled over for a violation of shining regulations, which only allow shining until 11 p.m. this time of year, according to authorities.

Prather told the trooper he was in the area visiting his cabin. The trooper searched his Ford Transit van and found a loaded .22 magnum rifle in the center console, police said.

The rifle and ammunition were seized, officials said.

Prather was arrested and lodged in the Otsego County Jail. He is facing charges of possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and using artificial lighting while in possession of a loaded firearm.

He was arraigned Monday in 87th District Court.

A trooper said he found this loaded rifle in a Dearborn man's vehicle on May 12, 2019. (WDIV)
Ammunition found in the vehicle of a Dearborn man on May 12, 2019, police said. (WDIV)

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