Thursday Mar 27 2008
Man, 71, brings firearm to park
By: ToLewis, The Placer Herald
DUI arrest added to list of charges
A 71-year-old man who was arrested last week for making threats with a gun at Johnson-Springview Park was arrested for alledgedly driving under the influence Tuesday afternoon after he was spotted driving suspiciously around the same park. Just after 5 p.m. on March 20, police arrested Bernard Dale Markham of Rocklin for carrying a concealed weapon, making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm. Markham had been hanging out at the park for about a year, police said, and has recently been known to light off fire crackers, collect cans and hang around the disc golf course. On this particular day I guess he annoyed a couple of the Frisbee golfers to the point where they just wanted him to take off, said Sgt. Tom Dwyer of the Rocklin Police Department. Dwyer said Markham got upset and told one of the disc golfers he was going to get a gun and come back and shoot one of them. They didn't take him seriously and he left, Dwyer said. A short time later, however, Markham returned with a .22 caliber revolver and was showing it off, Dwyer said. The gun wasn't loaded, however he had bullets for the firearm in his pocket, Dwyer said. Police said a 911 call came in through the dispatch and Markham was arrested as he was returning to his truck. No one was injured in the incident and Markham was transported and booked into the Placer County jail for possession of a dangerous weapon and threats charges. Shortly after he was released Tuesday, police said Markham drove slowly past Johnson-Springview Park, making four passes through the parking lot. Dwyer, who was at Johnson-Springview watching over the children at the skate park, said he noticed the vehicle but didn't think much of it at first. I didn't think it was (Markham) because I was under the impression he was still in custody, he said. Dwyer said he noticed the pick up truck drive slowly through the parking lot several times without stopping or parking. I thought that was kind of unusual but I didn't know who it was, Dwyer said. After Dwyer figured out who it was, he stopped Markham to question him and noticed alcohol on his breath. Markham failed a field sobriety test and was subsequently arrested for DUI and an open container. Since Markham submitted to a blood test, the results of which will not be known for at least one week, his Blood Alcohol Content was not known at the time, Dwyer said. Police said Markham was not carrying any weapons at the time of his arrest. He was very cooperative, Dwyer said.