PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A drunken grandfather was arrested Monday after attempting to bring guns onto the campuses of his grandchildren’s schools for their protection.
According to a press release posted on the Facebook fan page of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, 61-year-old Stephen Craig Miller was detained by local authorities after attempting to bring a gun to both Kingsway Elementary and Port Charlotte Middle.
He first approached the elementary school around 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. School officials reportedly took notice of his inebriated condition immediately.
“School officials said Miller was very intoxicated and caused alarm to them and pulled them away from their normal duties to address the situation,” the release stated. “Miller left when told he could not come on campus drunk and he could not bring a gun on school property.”
Almost 30 minutes later, Miller had reportedly made his way to the middle school, where he was seen stumbling in their parking lot and inquiring about the safety of his grandchild.
A school resource officer with the sheriff’s office was stationed at the middle school when the incident occurred, and a road deputy soon responded to calls about Miller’s disruptive behavior as well.
When the deputy smelled alcohol, he asked Miller whether or not he had been drinking that day. Miller reportedly admitted that he was imbibing alcohol earlier in the day.
“He was searched and nothing was found,” the press release noted. “Miller gave permission to search his car. [N]o weapons were found but there was an unopened can of beer on the front passenger seat.”
He was subsequently arrested and charged with disruption of a school function, wanting to bring a firearm onto school property, and taking school personnel away from their regular duties to handle his disruptive presence on campus.
Miller’s vehicle was reportedly towed while he was taken to Charlotte County Jail. He was released on a $1,000 bond.