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McMinn Co. man's excuse for reckless endangerment: "I was drunk and being stupid"

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A McMinn County man faces a reckless endangerment charges as well as other charges after firing shots while riding down a road in Athens.

Saturday, an officer was called to Oak Street.  Witnesses told the officer a newer, white Impala drove down the street with a passenger shooting a gun up into the air.  They also told the officer there were several occupants in the vehicle and that it was headed towards Tellico Avenue. 

When the officer arrived in the area, the vehicle was located in a driveway surrounded by several people.   Contact was made with the subjects when the officer noticed that a male subject, identified as Trey Ellis, tossed an object under the car.  Upon checking under the car two guns were found.

Ellis immediately told the officer the guns were his and "it was all his fault and everyone else had nothing to do with it."   Ellis was taken into custody and told the officer he was just drunk and being stupid.   During a search of Ellis' person, Ellis stated he had a non-prescribed pain pill in his pocket which he had illegally obtained.  He told the officer his arm was broken and he didn't have insurance.  

Shell casings were also found on the ground were Ellis stated he unloaded the gun since the bullets had been fired.  He was taken to the McMinn County jail where he is charged with reckless endangerment, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a narcotic.

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