James R. Stollings, 29, was found hiding in a tree near his parents' home.

MARLBORO TWP.  Township and Hartville police arrested a drunken man hiding in a tree near his parents' home about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday after an incident involving a loaded gun, a jigsaw and a township neighborhood, according to Stark County Jail records.

Township officers Braden Wehrnberg and Russell Smith searched for James R. Stollings, 29, of 7595 Allen Drive, after Stollings' failed attempts to get to his loaded gun, said township police Chief Ron Devies, who was also at the scene.

Hartville officers Andy Boyce, Elliott Wenzell and Don Worthy with Worthy's K-9 partner, Bill Stanios, were called to assist in the search, finding Stollings in the tree, said Hartville Police Chief Larry Dordea. 

Officers believe Stollings drove to someone's home with a loaded gun hidden in the center console of his car and threatened the victim with a jigsaw as he was trying to get to the gun.

"(Stollings) was intoxicated during the incident, and was a disturbance to the entire household and the neighbors," the jail records said.

Then he fled the scene.

Police seized the gun and unidentified prescription pills they said they found on the driver's side visor inside his vehicle and, at some point, they contacted him to arrange a surrender.

When he didn't surrender, they tracked him down and found him hiding in a tree close to his parents' home, the jail records said. He was arrested in the 6500 block of Swamp Street NE.

Stollings was jailed on charges of felony carrying a concealed weapon, felony drug possession, improper handling firearms in a motor vehicle, using weapons while intoxicated, obstructing official business, domestic violence, disorderly conduct with intoxication and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

He was released after posting $31,000 bond pending an Alliance Municipal Court hearing.

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