Former convict arrested with loaded gun at Columbia traffic stop

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 4:20 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man carrying an unlicensed .25 caliber pistol was arrested Thursday morning after a Boone County Sheriff's Department deputy pulled him over on suspicion of drunk driving.

Alfred R. Sheets, 38, was arrested at 1:31 a.m. at a traffic stop on Business Loop 70 East, according to a department news release.

He was being charged for the unlawful possession of a gun, Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

Deputy Jared Dotson stopped Sheets' 1994 Buick Roadmaster when he noticed it swerving and moving erratically. O'Sullivan said Sheets refused a breathalyzer test and "became uncooperative" during the blood draw for the DWI test.

The deputy also reported smelling burnt marijuana inside Sheets' car.

As Sheets was being taken into custody, the pistol was found stashed inside his jacket, according to the release.

Sheets also was arrested on suspicion of possessing less than 35 grams of marijuana, having no valid driver's license, driving while intoxicated and tampering with physical evidence.

Sheets was convicted in 1994 in South Carolina for armed robbery and assault with intent to kill, according to the release. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal in South Carolina reported that the assault was "the result of a drug deal gone awry."

Sheets' bond was set at $9,000.

 Supervising editor is Joe Guszkowski.

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