Former Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson, who is running again in this election for the seat, was arrested late last night and is currently in the Muskogee County Jail, according to Sheriff Terry Freeman.
Freeman referred all other inquiries to District Attorney Orvil Loge.
According to law enforcement sources, Pearson was “heavily intoxicated” when his brother, Muskogee Police Lieutenant John Pearson, came to try to talk to him in the Gooseneck Bend area.
Pearson allegedly pointed a gun at his brother, then fired a round into his brother’s pickup truck.
He also allegedly ran his vehicle into the garage door of a house in Gooseneck Bend.
He was arrested by the sheriff’s office on complaints ranging from reckless handling of a firearm to driving under the influence.
Loge said he will give more specific information when he receives and reviews the report from the sheriff’s office. Though one of the officers who arrested Pearson is Undersheriff Michael Mahan, who is potentially running against Pearson in the Sheriff’s race, Loge said the Sheriff’s Office didn’t have time to call in another agency.
UPDATE 3:36 P.M.: Pearson’s bond was set at $50,000 just now in Judge Robin Adair’s court. He is due back in court Thursday at 3 p.m. for formal charges.
Police filed the following information in an affidavit: At around 7:45 p.m. at 7760 River Ridge Road in Muskogee County, Pearson is alleged to have committed domestic abuse and pointed a firearm at his brother. He is also alleged to have fired the handgun into his brother’s vehicle.
Around 8:50 p.m., he was apprehended in the 2700 block of South Woodland Road while driving a vehicle. Officers removed a Glock handgun from his vehicle and said he was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot and watery eyes and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage.
Pearson refused to take a sobriety test at the scene, invoking his Fifth Amendment right to do so, the affidavit states.
UPDATE: 4:10 p.m.: The district attorney has filed one felony and three misdemeanors against Pearson: feloniously pointing a firearm for allegedly pointing a .40 caliber Glock at his brother, carrying a firearm under the influence (misdemeanor) for allegedly carrying the glock under the influence, reckless conduct with a firearm (misdemeanor) for allegedly shooting John Pearson’s vehicle and driving under the influence.