Police found an unrestrained child, an open bottle of rum and a loaded gun in a car driven by a woman, who was stopped for operating with only one working headlight.
Horry County police noticed the black Tahoe traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 17 in the Myrtle Beach area of the county at midnight Sunday and initiated a traffic stop, according to an incident report.
Officers asked the driver, 28-year-old Crystal Megan Freeman, why a small child was lying on the back seat of the Tahoe and “not properly secured in a child restraint.” Any response, if given, was blacked out in the heavily censored report.
In a search of the vehicle, officers said they found a Malibu Rum liquor bottle with a broken seal on the front passenger seat along with a brown purse that held a loaded .38 caliber handgun.
Freeman did not have a concealed weapons permit, the report said.
Officers marked “unknown” on the report as to whether Freeman had been using alcohol at the time of her arrest.
Freeman, of Hope Mills, N.C., was charged with driving with a suspended license, violating a child passenger restraint law, driving with an open container of alcohol and for unlawfully carrying a pistol.
The child was released to another person at Freeman’s request, according to the report.
Freeman was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and was released on bond Monday.