Deputies say drunk man tried to bring gun to 2 Charlotte County schools
FOX 4 Staff
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies arrested a 61-year-old man Monday after showing up drunk at two Port Charlotte schools wanting to bring a gun onto the property to protect his grandchildren.
Stephen Craig Miller of Port Charlotte was arrested on two counts of disruption of a school function and wanting to bring a firearm onto school property. The first incident happened at 2 p.m. at Kingsway Elementary, the second about 20 minutes later at Port Charlotte Middle School.
At Kingsway, Miller was asking school personnel about bringing a gun on school grounds. School officials said Miller was very intoxicated and caused alarm to them and pulled them away from their normal duties to address the situation. Miller left when told he could not come on campus drunk and he could not bring a gun on school property.
Then later at the middle school Miller was met by the CCSO School Resource Officer. The SRO said Miller was stumbling around in the parking lot, appeared intoxicated and wanted to know about the safety of his grandchild. He was told he could not come onto school property intoxicated. A road deputy responded and could smell a strong odor of alcohol about Miller who was unsteady on his feet. Miller admitted to have been drinking. He was searched and nothing was found; Miller gave permission to search his car; no weapons were found but there was an unopened can of beer on the front passenger seat.
Miller was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and his vehicle was towed. Miller was booked then released on $1,000 bond.