Lawrence Arthur Perreault, the mayor of Kiowa is facing multiple charges after an incident in which he pointed a handgun at his teenage son.
Perreault, 45, was arrested by the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office at 10 p.m. on April 15. He faces a felony charge of menacing and misdemeanor charges of harassment, reckless endangerment, prohibited use of a weapon by an intoxicated person and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. He was released from jail after posting $25,000 bond.
The night of April 15, sheriff’s deputies discovered Perreault and his wife, Sharon, arguing while standing between two vehicles near the intersection of County Road 166 and County Road 13 on the outskirts of Elizabeth, according to the arrest affidavit.
Sharon Perreault told deputies the two were having a disagreement that involved her son, the report states. She added that her husband had been drinking and had a weapon in his possession.
Deputies found a loaded semiautomatic handgun, an extra magazine and a knife in Lawrence Perreault’s pockets, according to the affidavit. A deputy reported that the suspect’s eyes were bloodshot and he was having trouble maintaining his balance.
Lawrence Perreault’s son told deputies that he, his 11-year-old sister and his father went to Southlands shopping center for a movie and food. The father consumed alcohol at three different locations, the son said, sparking concern about his dad’s ability to drive. The teenager called his mother, who met them at a store in Aurora and picked up the 11-year-old girl.
The teenager then proceeded to drive his father home. During the ride home, Lawrence Perreault made threats toward his son, “repeatedly insulting” him and stating that he would “knock him out and that they should just kill each other,” the affidavit says.
While the son was driving east on County Road 166, Lawrence Perreault pulled out his handgun and pointed it at the teenager, the affidavit says. As they approached County Road 13, the report continued, the father reached over and turned off the vehicle in the middle of the roadway and forced the teenager out of the vehicle.
Lawrence Perreault consented to a portable breath test and was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.186 percent, and his concealed-carry permit expired in 2013, the affidavit states.
Kiowa Town Administrator Michelle Oeser said town officials could not comment on the matter.