FAIRMONT — An 18-year-old Baxter man was charged after police found a loaded .22 caliber pistol and a small bag of methamphetamine in his pocket Aug. 10 in Fairmont.

The complaint states 18-year-old Nathan Ray Morgan of 1346 McCurdysville Pike, or Baxter, was charged with prohibited person in possession of a concealed firearm, which is a felony.

According to the court papers, Morgan possessed a firearm concealed in his pocket while being an unlawful user of and/or habitually addicted to methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

A Fairmont Police Department patrolman came into contact with Morgan Aug. 10 while attempting to serve a domestic violence protective order, according to the complaint.

The patrolman saw a juvenile, who was accused of brandishing a firearm at the residence, peek out the window and flee into the residence, the complaint states.

For the officer’s safety, the patrolman removed Morgan from the residence and prepared to detain him pending a safety sweep of the residence, according to the court papers.

Before the patrolman could detain Morgan, he fled from the patrolman disobeying orders to stop, the complaint states. After a short foot chase, the patrolman caught Morgan.

The patrolman found a loaded .22 caliber pistol and a small bag of a white crystalline substance which later field-tested positive for methamphetamine in Morgan’s pocket, according to the court papers.

Morgan told the patrolman that the white substance was methamphetamine “and that he had it to smoke it,” the complaint states.

Court records show Morgan’s bail is set at $5,012. He is in North Central Regional Jail.

He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21 before Marion County Magistrate Mark Hayes.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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