PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (WBBH) -- A 61-year-old Port Charlotte man was arrested on Monday after he went to two schools intoxicated and asked if he could bring a gun on school property to protect his grandchildren.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, Stephen Craig Miller first went to Kingsway Elementary School around 2:00 p.m. and asked school personnel about bringing a gun on school grounds.
"I said, 'Are you the increased security?' And they went, 'Yes.' And I said, 'Which one has a weapon?'" Miller explained.
Officials said Miller appeared very intoxicated and caused them alarm.
Miller left when he was told he could not come on campus drunk and he could not bring a gun on school property.
Miller says he doesn't even own a gun.
Miller then went to Port Charlotte Middle School where he was met by the CCSO School Resource Officer.
The officer said Miller was stumbling around the parking lot, appeared intoxicated, and wanted to know about the safety of his grandchild.
A deputy responded and Miller admitted to drinking. He was searched and his vehicle was searched. No weapons were found but there was an unopen can of beer found on the passenger seat.
Miller was arrested on two counts of disruption of a school function.
"The system worked; unfortunately it was me," he said. "I got busted. It was probably a poor decision on my part."
He was taken to the Charlotte County Jail and his vehicle was towed. He was then released on a $1,000 bond.