Johnson City police say a convicted felon who had a loaded stolen gun when he refused to leave his vehicle during a traffic stop was released by a judge.

According to a news release, 39-year-old Kennard Wellington of Endwell was driving a vehicle that was pulled over by police on Main Street Friday evening.

Police say the traffic stop occurred because the vehicle's registration had been suspended for lack of valid insurance.

Authorities say officers struggled with Wellington when he would not get out of the vehicle so it could be towed. Police discovered the man had a gun concealed in his waistband.

Officers later determined the .40 caliber handgun, which was reported stolen out of South Carolina, was loaded with a high-capacity magazine.

Wellington faces felony weapon possession charges. He also was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and obstruction of governmental administration.

Police say Wellington was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

According to the police news release, one of the charges filed against Wellington is second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, "a qualifying offense which allows a judge to set bail and remand a defendant to jail."

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