Drunk driver caught with loaded gun

August 6, 2012 

Drunk driver caught with loaded gun

Fort Mill Police found a loaded gun on the front seat of a car driven by a man suspected of drunk driving, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

Officers on Aug. 5 charged Marion Kimbrell Ezell, 44, of Fort Lawn, with DUI and unlawfully carrying a handgun. The incident occurred on Hwy. 21 southbound in Fort Mill around 10:45 p.m. The suspect’s car, an orange Mazda, was stopped for a traffic violation and police allegedly smelled alcohol, the report states.

The driver failed a sobriety test, police say, and was arrested. While searching the vehicle, police allegedly found a loaded Colt .38 handgun on the passenger’s seat, the report states. The driver was jailed and the gun and vehicle were seized by police.

In an unrelated incident, Fort Mill Police on Aug. 3 also arrested 34-year-old Daniel Clinton Bliss of Fort Mill and charged him with DUI, according to a police report. The report states Bliss’ silver Buick ran onto the curb and blew out three tires near the intersection of Tom Hall Street and Doby’s Bridge Road. Bliss registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, according to the report, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Moped stolen in Fort Mill

A Fort Mill man reported his moped was stolen from his home on Aug. 1, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

The man, 28, called police around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 1 to report the theft. He told officers his orange and black Yamaha moped was parked outside his Morgan Street home around 7:45 a.m. He noticed it missing when he went outside later that afternoon. It is described as a 203 Yamaha with a hog sticker on the license plate holder. The owner told police he still has the keys, so the ignition may have been tampered with, according to the report. It’s valued at $1,500.

Kayak missing from beach

A Tega Cay resident is missing a kayak, six paddles and three life vests and suspects them stolen, according to a Tega Cay Police report.

The report states the resident of a home off Placid Court in Tega Cay called police July 26 to report the items missing. She told police the boat and equipment were left on her private beach along Lake Wylie the night before and were gone when she went outside the next morning. The items are valued at about $1,100. Police say there are no leads, according to the report.

Compiled by Adam O’Daniel

Reports of all felonies and any major misdemeanors are compiled weekly from local law enforcement agencies. Charges do not necessarily result in a conviction, and people who are arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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