A Marion woman was arrested and charged after she was found with two handguns in her purse while trying to flee the cops in a traffic stop, authorities said Friday.

Deputy Steven McPeters of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Kasey Elaine Grindstaff, 30, address listed as Caraway Drive in Marion, with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting a public officer.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, McPeters stopped a vehicle on Catawba Avenue in Old Fort because it did not have a license plate.

As McPeters was talking to the driver, Grindstaff, who was the passenger, fled on foot. A short chase ensued, at which time the suspect threw down her purse and a revolver fell out. A search of the pocketbook turned up a second gun.

There are no charges against the driver.

Grindstaff was apprehended nearby and taken into custody. Her bond was set at $12,500.

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