Man stopped for drunken driving

Gun found in console; man had concealed carry license
Sandusky Register Staff
Aug 1, 2014

A 79-year-old Sandusky man was found to be carrying guns and ammo in his car after he was stopped for drunken driving Wednesday night.

Walter Thomas, of the 1000 block of Bennett Ave., was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to advise officer of gun in vehicle, failure to transport handgun properly and insufficient headlights.

A Sandusky police officer stopped Thomas at Sanford Street and Tiffin Avenue Wednesday around 9 p.m., according to a police report.

Thomas allegedly was driving without headlights and continually veering to the side of the road.

He failed a breath test and was cuffed, but dispatchers then told the officer Thomas had a concealed carry license.

A Smith and Wesson was found in the center console, with 20 rounds of .38-caliber ammunition in the same area, the report said.

Thomas was cited and released, but his car was towed because he's had three previous drunken driving charges.

Comments

LivinOnTheLake

Some people just never learn not to drive after drinking. Hopefully law enforcement will take away this man's drivers license forever so he doesn't drive under the influence again and possibly kill someone.

samiam

Taking his license away forever won't make a difference. Read the police blotter and see how many people drive without one or with a suspended one. See how many people drive without insurance too.

knowitall

But but but.....it's against the law so it can't happen! :-)

looking around

That many DUI convictions might land him a felony charge which takes care of worrying about a drunk with a gun also. He's also on a fine line when it comes to having the weapon with him while under the influence. It says the gun was in the console at the time of the stop, but was he carrying during his drinking binge?

sandtown born a...

In possession of a firearm while consuming any alcohol is a crime in most carry states and in console is considered concealed why not charged accordingly

looking around

Ohio's CCW laws are a bit confusing, however article 15 of the CCW law states "No person, while under the influence of alcohol or any drug of abuse, shall carry or use any firearm or dangerous ordnance."

article 16 goes on to say: No person shall knowingly transport or have a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle in such a manner that the firearm is accessible to the operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle.

And:
No person shall knowingly transport or have a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle if, at the time of that transportation or possession, any of the following applies:
1) The person is under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them.
(2) The person’s whole blood, blood serum or plasma, breath, or urine contains a concentration of alcohol, a listed controlled substance, or a listed metabolite of a controlled substance prohibited for persons operating a vehicle, as specified in division (A) of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code, regardless of whether the person at the time of the transportation or possession as described in this division is the operator of or a passenger in the motor vehicle.

(I) Whoever violates this section is guilty of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Violation of this is a felony of the fourth degree.

samiam

Article doesn't say the gun was loaded, only that it was in the console and that ammo was in the same area.

CommonsenseNow

At 79 years old, he's already up there in years. Thank goodness no one was hurt. I hope this man gets the help he needs, but age is not on his side.

holysee

alcohol sucks

Susi1110

SOBER IS BETTER!!!

queenjhb

At 79, he should be at home tucked in bed with a glass of warm milk, what is going on with the senior citizens around here? Just joking, family members should have a serious discussion about driving a car ever again.

KURTje

Idiot. Hope his wallet gets stammed. 79 & stupid.