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Man high on meth threatens to shoot girlfriend, found in ditch near Sneaky Pete’s

GROVES — A man who allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend at her place of work was arrested while hiding in a tall, grass-filled ditch Friday.

The name of the man, described as a white male about 35 years old, was not released by late afternoon, pending arraignment, Groves City Marshal Norman Reynolds Jr. said.

The first call to police came in around 12:40 p.m. in reference to a shot fired inside a home in the 3800 block of Grant.

The situation changed quickly as the next information given to police was that the man — armed with a shotgun and under the influence of methamphetamine — was on his way to shoot his girlfriend who works at Sneaky Pete’s in the 3900 block of Pure Atlantic Road.

Officers found the man’s vehicle in the parking lot of the business and witnesses told them the man ran eastbound toward a canal.

“And in the meantime, while clearing out the building, we found a shotgun under a wooden sign that was in front of his vehicle,” he said.

“We searched for him for a while and I found him in a ditch between the railroad and canal, crawling like a gator, in the ditch with high grass.”

The man was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-family violence.

“We also determined he discharged a firearm once in the house and we suspect he was high on meth,” he said.

The man was in a home with other family members when he allegedly discharged the firearm.

No injuries were reported.

Reynolds also thanked Port Arthur and Port Neches police departments, who assisted on the call.