Thursday, November 5, 2009
Drunken Gunplay Alleged
A man who was allegedly intoxicated at a party over the weekend is facing charges today after he reportedly pulled out a handgun. According to a report by Officer Derrick Springs, police were dispatched to a home on Briarwood Drive in reference to someone shooting a handgun. The officer says the complainant told him that he and his roommates were having a party when one of their guests -- identified as 25-year-old Matthew David Wampler of Kingston -- pulled out a handgun and shot it three times in an unspecified direction. No one was hurt in the shooting incident and some other partygoers were able to get the gun away from Wampler, who then fled the scene. Police say they located a vehicle in a ditch on Jackson Street a few minutes later and saw Wampler walking out of a field adjacent to the vehicle. They say Wampler allegedly admitted to driving the vehicle and also stated that he was the owner of the handgun in question. He was charged with DUI and possession of a gun while intoxicated.