Gun falls out of cocaine dealer's pants at site of 3-car crash, police say

MADISON, Wis. - A felon in possession of a handgun and drugs was arrested after a three-car crash in Madison early Thursday morning, police said.

Marquise S. Howard, 23, of Madison, was a passenger of a car at 2:34 a.m. being driven by a drunken driver, a 27-year-old Mazomanie woman, the Madison Police Department said.

The woman drove into the rear end of a car that was stopped at a red flashing light on West Washington Avenue waiting to turn onto South Park Street, according to the report.

The collision caused the struck car to lunge forward and strike a third car. Police said no one was seriously injured.

The driver tried to walk away but was stopped by police and cited on suspicion of first-offense operating under the influence.

Howard was told to take a seat outside of the car, and police said Howard was acting suspiciously, and Howard sat down but got back up, and a handgun dropped out of his pants. While he was being booked into jail, heroin, cocaine and marijuana were found in his undergarments, police said.

Howard was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting, possession of marijuana, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. 

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