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Passed out man toots own horn, gets jail

A man reportedly asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle became irate when neighbors woke him Sunday night, according to police, and caused one neighbor to confront him with a handgun.

Police Officer Jonathan Santiago reported he and other officers were called shortly before 9 p.m. to the 6200 block of Northwest Ash Avenue. Witnesses said they'd been inside their homes when the sound of a loud vehicle horn sounded from the street. They said a pickup was parked in the middle of the road and a man was slumped over the wheel, the report states, and his face and upper body were pushing into the horn, causing it to blare continuously.

The neighbors said they woke the man and he began to "yell and scream at the witnesses." A neighbor said that when he told the driver to "shut up because he was being a nuisance and causing a disturbance," the man stepped out of his vehicle and approached the witness while yelling and screaming, the report states. The witness said he felt threatened and retrieved a firearm from his house, pointed it at the irate driver and told him to stop, Santiago reported. The driver threatened to get his own weapon and accused the neighbor of having something to do with an unknown woman before getting into his vehicle and pulling into a driveway, the report states.

The man came out of the home when police arrived and stood in the front yard, Santiago reported. The officer said he "appeared to be very intoxicated and had a strong smell of alcohol coming from his breath and person." The neighbor wished to press charges and the man was arrested on a complaint of disturbing the peace and was taken to jail, Santiago reported.

The Lawton Constitution

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