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Man nabbed on assault, drug charges

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A man was arrested and charged Sunday after reportedly pointing a gun at a passing vehicle on Interstate 40 westbound near mile marker 239.

Lebanon Police responded to a report of an armed suspect at about 10:05 p.m. Officers located the vehicle described by the victims, a gold Saturn with South Carolina plates, and initiated a traffic stop near mile marker 237.

All occupants were detained outside the vehicle. Officers said they noticed the smell of marijuana as they approached the vehicle. The officers said they also found a silver handgun, which is what the victims described, in the back seat. The gun was found with a loaded magazine.

The only back seat passenger was identified as Chuck Carroll, 48, of Roebuck, S.C. Officers said Carroll was 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. It reportedly contained several prescription pills, which did not belong to Carroll or any other occupant. It also contained other drug paraphernalia.

Carroll matched the description given by the victims as being the man who allegedly pointed a gun at their vehicle as they passed him on the interstate.

Carroll was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon while under the influence, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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