Intoxicated man waves firearm in restaurant parking lot
Police were called to FireWater Restaurant and Bar on the 100 block of South Avalon Drive in Salisbury when a drunk patron began waving a handgun in the air in the parking lot.
Charles Buckley, 53, of Spencer, is charged with violating his concealed carry permit.
Around 11:30 Thursday night, police responded to a call reporting a disturbance involving a firearm.
According to reports, witnesses say that Buckley was extremely drunk and became “belligerent” when he was asked not to drive and was offered a ride home.
When the police arrived, they approached the vehicle the subject was reported to be in. Because Buckley was sitting so still, officers had a hard time distinguishing if he was conscious, the incident report said.
When they opened up the car and ordered him to get out, he “stumbled back to the back of the car,” said Capt. Melonie Thompson of the Salisbury Police Department.
Officers secured the handgun from under the front seat.
Thompson said although Buckley had a concealed carry permit, his handgun was confiscated and entered into evidence.
“You can’t carry it when you’re drunk,” she said.