The mayor of Kiowa was arrested earlier this month after authorities say he drunkenly pointed a handgun at his 18-year-old son after a family trip to Aurora to see a movie.
Lawrence Arthur Perreault is facing a number of charges in the April 15 incident in Elbert County, including felony menacing, harassment, reckless endangerment, prohibited use of weapon by an intoxicated person and unlawful carrying a concealed weapon.
Perreault, 45, was formally charged on Thursday and is next due in court on May 25. Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap confirmed he is the mayor.
According to a probable cause statement, trouble began when Perreault – who had taken his son and 11-year-old daughter to the movies – began consuming alcoholic beverages. The son told investigators his father consumed as many as seven drinks.
Perreault said he began arguing with his son about how much alcohol he consumed, the statement says, at which point his wife came to a business in Aurora to meet them.
The son said he convinced his father to let him drive home, but Perreault “was extremely upset,” according to the statement, threatening the teen with physical violence and saying “that they should just kill each other.”
The teen was driving near Elbert County roads 166 and 13 when, according to the statement, Perreault pulled out a handgun and pointed it at his son. Authorities believe he then reached over and turned off the vehicle while they were in the middle of the roadway, kicking his son out of the vehicle.
An Elbert County sheriff’s deputy passing by in the area stopped…
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