A Telford man was charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence early Sunday morning after he was seen allegedly holding a handgun outside a city bar, according to a police report.
Jonathan O. Denton, 32, 376 McCarty Hollow Road, Telford, was arrested after police responded to multiple fight calls on Tipton Street after a witness, Lavell K. Morrow, 39, told police Denton was in front of Tipton Street Pub, 110 Tipton St., holding a handgun.
Officers saw Denton running across the street to a parking lot, where he got into his 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck and tried to leave. After police told him to get out of the truck, Denton was taken into custody.
Police found a loaded 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun in the front passenger seat of the truck. Officers unloaded the weapon and placed it into evidence.
Denton reportedly had a strong odor of alcohol on him and was unsteady on his feet. He told police he and his friends had been drinking at Hooters before coming to Tipton Street.
Denton told police his friend, Chris, began arguing with another group of men as they were leaving the bar. He reportedly told police he thought the other group might have guns, so that’s why he retrieved his handgun from the truck.
After walking back to the pub with the gun at his side, Denton reportedly said the argument stopped. He told police he didn’t point the gun at anyone and he thought the crowd would leave if they saw he had the gun.
Denton was additionally charged with public intoxication and jailed in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $15,000 bond.