North Charleston police said a man stashed a pistol behind a 12-pack of beer before being arrested at a Citgo gas station Monday night.

Maurice Montrez Simmons, 31, of Ranger Drive, is charged with third-offense driving under suspension, unlawful carrying of a firearm, habitual traffic offender and resisting arrest, police said.

According to an incident report, officers were patrolling the area of Rivers Avenue around 10:30 p.m. when they noticed a white Ford that was known to be driven by Simmons, a repeat traffic offender who was arrested the night before on a marijuana possession charge.

Officers followed the vehicle to a nearby Citgo gas station, 4625 Rivers Ave., and watched as Simmons walked into the store to make a phone call, the report said.

An employee at the store told police she heard the man say "the cops are following me" and that he maneuvered his hands against the back of his pants.

Officers entered the store and attempted to place Simmons under arrest, police said, but he pulled away and resisted commands.

Simmons was eventually taken down by an officer's stun gun and he was arrested, the report said.

Minutes later, a store employee told police she found a 9 mm Kel-Tec pistol hidden behind a 12-pack of beer. The gun had one round in its chamber and eight in the magazine, police said.

Simmons was booked at the Charleston County jail on $35,8000 bail, jail records show.

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