A South Carolina man is accused of pointing a loaded gun at a passing car on Interstate 40 in Lebanon.
Police responded at about 10 p.m. Sunday to a call of an armed subject pointing a gun at a passing car on I-40 westbound near mile-marker 239.
Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said the victims described the suspect’s car as a gold Saturn with South Carolina plates. Officers identified a car matching that description and initiated a traffic stop near mile-marker 237.
Bowen said all the occupants were detained outside of the car and officers noted the smell of marijuana as they approached the car.
“Officers found a silver handgun, which is what the victims described, in the backseat,” Bowen said. “The gun was found with a loaded magazine.”
According to Bowen, police identified Chuck Carroll, 48, of Roebuck, S.C., as the only backseat passenger in the car.
Bowen said officers found Carroll to be unsteady on his feet and he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
A backpack was also found in the back seat with Carroll, Bowen said.
“It contained several prescription pills, which did not belong to Carroll or any other occupant,” Bowen said. “It also contained other drug paraphernalia.”
Bowen said Carroll matched the description given by the victims as being the man who pointed a gun at their car as they passed him on the interstate.
Carroll was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon while under the influence, simple drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was released Monday on $8,000 bond.
Carroll is due to appear in court July 15.