Man gets weapon, DWI charges; Denied knowing he couldn’t have guns

Published 7:05 am Monday, July 2, 2018

Robert Adam Arbuckle, 35, of Hayfield was charged on Friday in Mower County District Court with two counts of felony violent felon in possession of a firearm, felony violent felon in possession of firearm ammunition and third-degree DWI-alcohol concentration 0.20 within two hours.

Robert Adam Arbuckle, 35

According to a court document, a Mower County deputy initiated a traffic stop on Arbuckle after observing him speeding at 1:27 a.m. on Thursday on Highway 56 in Waltham Township. Arbuckle’s jeep allegedly crossed the fog line before stopping near the Dodge County line. When asked how many drink he had, Arbuckle allegedly said “way too many” and admitted he was “drunk.”

Arbuckle said there were two guns in the car, which were later found by the deputy, the court document states. A family member came to the scene and picked up the weapons.

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At the Mower County Jail, Arbuckle provided a breath sample, which allegedly showed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.20 percent.

A detective did a background check on Arbuckle and learned he had a prior conviction for drug crime in 2002, according to the court document, prohibiting him from being in possession of firearms. The detective contacted Arbuckle’s roommate, who said she thought the guns were “technically registered” to her father. The detective then went to Arbuckle’s residence and retrieved a Nonnco Model 13 pistol with one magazine, a camouflaged pistol case and 35 rounds of ammunition and a Ruger Mk III with two magazines and a case.

The court document states Arbuckle told the detective he was picking up the handguns from a friend who cleaned them for his “father-in-law” before allegedly admitting they were his. He denied knowing he could not be in possession of firearms, but did say he had a previous felony conviction.

Arbuckle will appear in court again on July 12.