Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A Harleyville man who said he was just trying to blow off steam after a bad day wound up cooling off in jail after cops arrested him for shooting a gun while under the influence of alcohol.
According to a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office incident report, events began to unfold about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 when deputies responded to a call about a subject who was threatening to shoot a neighbor’s grandchildren.
While the deputies were on the way, dispatch informed them that the subject had just fired four shots with a shotgun.
Arriving at the scene where the subject lives, the deputies saw a man standing near the window of the home. They ordered him to put his hands in the air.
The subject did this, stumbled toward the window, and jumped out, still with his hands in the air, according to the report. The deputies placed the subject, identified as Charles Andrew Blankenship, in handcuffs.
A female subject also appeared; she, too, was ordered to put her hands in the air.
The deputies reported they immediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Blankenship.
When asked if he had been drinking, he told them he had been drinking “all day.” When asked if he was shooting a gun, he replied he fired off a few shots into the trees on his property, according to the report.
The deputies spoke to the female, who showed them the shotgun and told them that the subject had experienced a “hard day,” had been drinking all day, and had fired off a few shots to “let off steam.” At no time did he speak to the neighbors or their grandchildren, she said.
The deputies also spoke to the complainants who said they were in their residence when the children ran into the house saying that “Uncle Charlie said he was going to shoot our brains out.” One of the complainants said he went outside to confront the subject and that’s when Blankenship fired shots toward the residence, according to the report.
The deputies arrested Blankenship for shooting while under the influence of alcohol and transported him to the detention center, where he blew a 1.7 on the Datamaster machine, according to the report.