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Crime Briefs: Firearm disturbance, alcohol violations

Caleb Browder, Photo Editor

New technology in downtown Clemson has led to more fake ID confiscations and citations.

Firearm disturbance in Clemson  
On April 12, a Clemson City police officer responded to a call about a firearm disturbance. 
When the officer arrived, a black male was sitting in the doorway in a wheelchair. He was instructed to roll out of the door so that the team of police may access an individual with the firearm in the bedroom, according to the investigation statement.  
When the responding officer team entered the residence, they called out for a female. She responded and told them she was in the bedroom. The team approached with caution.
They found her standing “near her desk beside a revolver,” according to the incident report. She was instructed to leave the firearm and report to the living room to speak to another officer. 
The responding officer secured the firearm, and was then given to another officer outside the residence to be cleared. After the revolver was taken care of, the parties involved were interviewed by the officers. 
No arrests could be made due to lack of probable cause. Both parties refused to leave the residence, so the officer advised them to keep a phone nearby to call the police if needed. 
The area was under extra patrol for the remainder of the night.
ID mixup at a traffic stop
At 11:20 p.m. on May 11, a patrolling Clemson University police officer saw a white vehicle blocking the lane of traffic, forcing another vehicle to go around them. 
The officer advised them to move out of the way, initiating their police lights and siren. When the white car did not move, the officer conducted a traffic stop. 
The driver was asked to provide the officer with their license, registration and insurance. The police officer reviewed the materials and realized he was given an ID that was not the driver’s. 
The driver, later identified as a student, was given a citation for stopping/parking outside of a business and a fake ID charge. The ID was confiscated and turned in to the DMV.
A fake ID arrest on the way home
At almost 3 a.m. on May 11, a passing Clemson University police officer observed an individual in front of Douthit Hills to be holding himself up on a tree.  
The officer asked the white male to approach him, away from the tree. When he asked the individual why he was at the tree, he said he had too many alcoholic beverages, according to the incident report. 
The officer asked to see the individual’s real ID, but the individual said he did not have one and had used a fake ID to get into the bars. He provided the officer with his fraudulent New York driver’s license upon request.
The individual said he lived in Central, South Carolina, and was headed home. The officer noted in the incident report that the individual was unsteady and smelled of alcohol.  
He was placed under arrest and issued two citations: public disorderly conduct and unlawful use of license or fraudulent application for license.
The fake ID was taken and put into evidence.

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