Gun-toting driver no threat to Madison schools

Posted at 11:45 AM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 20:35:40-05

MADISON TWP., Ohio – With this community still on edge from Monday's school shootings,  a drunk driver packing two guns and 700 rounds of ammo picked a bad place to pull over and sleep it off Thursday morning, Sheriff Richard Jones said.

"This is not a good place to be if you have any bad intentions or if you want to drink and drive. We've got a lot of police there," Jones said.

One of Jones' deputies arrested the sleeping driver about a quarter-mile from Madison Local Schools, site of Monday's shootings.  But after interrogating 23-year-old Bryan Miller, deputies came to the conclusion that Miller was just in the area visiting a friend and had no intention of harming students or staff.

The pastor of Turning Point Church, Greg Cox, spotted Miller's car in the church driveway at 5670 West Alexandria Road.

"Got out, tapped on the window, couldn't tell because the windows were tinted and thought,  'Well, I don't need to be fooling around with this,'" Cox said.

Cox told a deputy at the high school, who was able to wake Miller.  Miller was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Officials are being extremely cautious since an eighth-grader pulled out a  handgun and fired at students eating lunch in the cafeteria at Madison Jr./Sr. High School Monday. Two were wounded and two others were injured, either by shrapnel or in the students' panicked rush out of the building. Classes resumed Wednesday.