The call came into the Guntersville Police Department that a man was passed out in his car with a gun next to his leg at the Marathon gas station on Highway 69.

When Lt. Josh Case arrived, that’s exactly what he found, Guntersville investigator Mike Turner said.

“Lt. Case saw the pistol and tried to get the guy to come to,” Turner said. “The gun was beside his right leg. Through the course of his investigation, it appeared that he was under the influence of something.”

Case got the man awakened and secured the firearm.

James Verdel Evans ended up being arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit. Then the police searched his car.

Turner said they found 5 grams of what is believed to be fentanyl, along with a small amount of marijuana and some crystal meth. Evans was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

“Due to Evans’ past history, the Marshall County Drug Unit and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted us,” Turner said. “At the time of his arrest in this case, Evans was out on bond on a Marshall County charge of trafficking in heroin.”

His bond on the new case had not been set late this week. Turner said they expected his bond to be revoked on the earlier case because of the new charge.

He said the ATF would also likely be looking into his possession of a gun.

ALEA also assisted with the case.

Rape charged

Rape has been charged to Kenneth Wayne Bearden, 75, of Hebron.

He said he didn’t do it and he has hired an attorney to fight the charges.

He was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and quickly posted a $60,000 bond.

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