Allegedly drunk Kingsport man arrested for possession of firearm in Wal-Mart

Rain Smith • Jul 20, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — An intoxicated man was arrested in a Kingsport Wal-Mart on Sunday after a revolver was found in his pocket, police said.

According to an incident report from the Kingsport Police Department, an officer was sent to the Wal-Mart on Fort Henry Drive about 1:15 p.m. The store’s assistant manager reported a man who could “hardly stand up” had been wandering the store and spent the past 30 minutes near the dog leashes.

The responding officer reported the subject, later identified as Charles Kevin Hicks, 47, of 700 Teasel Drive, B1, was swaying and smelled of alcohol. When asked for identification, Hicks reached in his left front pocket. The officer, noting in his report that most men do not keep wallets in their front pockets, became suspicious and told Hicks to stop.

The officer asked Hicks if he had something on him, and he hesitated before responding that he did not. Police said a subsequent search found a revolver in the left front pocket he had reached for.

Hicks was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by an intoxicated individual. He was transported to the Kingsport jail and advised he had been banned from the Wal-Mart.

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