A 36-year-old Vinita man has been arrested for possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.
According to Miami Police Officer David Wright, Michael Todd Markham was found “passed out in a vehicle parked in an H Street SE parking lot.
“I could see the grip of a handgun in a holster laying on the center console of the pickup, Wright said.
Wright said Markham refused to comply with officers' commands to step away from the vehicle and was physically removed by officers. Authorities say Markham showed obvious signs of intoxication.
“Markham began physically resisting, Wright said. “He was very unsteady on his feet and had very slurred speech.
Wright said Markham continued to resist officers while they attempted to place him in custody. He allegedly kicked one of the officers and had to be placed in leg restraints.
“It took several officers to place Markham into the back seat of my patrol car, Wright said. “He continued kicking the door of my patrol car after being placed inside.
Once in custody, authorities found a .38-caliber revolver, a .22-caliber revolver and several live and spent rounds of various ammunition inside Markham's vehicle.
A criminal history check revealed that Markham was a convicted felon.
Wright said Markham told officers at the jail that he had used methamphetamine earlier in the day.
Markham was placed under arrest on anticipated charges of carrying a firearm after felony conviction, public drunk, assault on a police officer and carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.