Police: Rock Hill man arrested at scene of fire after drinking Captain Morgan mini bottles

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 25, 2014 

John Garrison

— A Rock Hill man who admitted he drank three mini bottles of Captain Morgan rum was arrested near the scene of a woods fire Monday.

Police were sent to Tire Kingdom on Springdale Road after receiving calls about an intoxicated man near a patch of woods on fire, according to a Rock Hill police report. Rock Hill firefighters who battled the blaze told police that a man was spotted running from the woods after the fire broke out.

Police found John Wayne Garrison, 53, nearby. His eyes were bloodshot, he was unsteady on his feet and he smelled of alcohol, the report states. An officer asked Garrison how the fire started. Garrison replied that he drank rum, but did not have anything to do with the fire. Garrison told police that he had been in the woods, but maintained that he did not start the fire before saying again that he only had three mini bottles Captain Morgan.

He told police he had been in the woods by himself, the report states. Police arrested Garrison and charged him with public disorderly conduct. Tuesday morning, he was held in jail on a $260 bond.

Just a day earlier, deputies arrested Garrison after receiving a call that he pointed a gun at a 43-year-old man. Deputies found Garrison driving on Sturgis Road, where they stopped him and administered several field sobriety tests. He failed, according to a York County Sheriff's report, and was charged with driving under the influence, violation of ABC law and open container after registering a .09 on a breath sample test.

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