BLANCHESTER — Police say an intoxicated man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot a man and possessed a gun illegally.
At around 12:30 p.m. Friday police were called to Tom’s Express Mart, a convenience store at 7529 Fairground Road, on a report of an intoxicated man leaving the store, according to a news release from Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
Ptl. Sarah Luken arrived, but the man had already left the store, reportedly driving a white pickup truck.
A few moments later police were dispatched to the Ursula Park apartment complex in the 700 block of S. Broadway St, regarding “an apparently intoxicated man in a white pickup truck threatening to shoot a resident there”, according to Reinbolt.
“Ptl. Sarah Luken and Ptl. Kristen Jeffers arrived at Ursula Park, and learned that a man named Jeffrey Davidson, 52, drove into the parking lot of a neighboring business in his white pickup truck and drove across the grass into the Ursula Park parking lot, where he parked on the sidewalk,” stated Reinbolt. “A resident in the complex noticed that Davidson appeared to be intoxicated, and confronted him about his driving, when Davidson threatened to shoot the man, then walked into his apartment at 798 S. Broadway St., which is inside the complex.
“Officers went to Davidson’s apartment and placed him under arrest for aggravated menacing and DUI,” Reinbolt continued. “A semi-automatic pistol was found on the coffee table of the residence.”
He said Davidson was taken to the Clinton County Jail and he will answer the two misdemeanor charges in the Clinton County Municipal Court. He added that the store clerk identified Davidson as the man she called police about.
“The case will be referred to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer for consideration of felony charges of having a weapon while under disability, a statute that prohibits a chronic alcoholic from possessing a firearm,” said Reinbolt.
“Fortunately no one was injured in this incident.”