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The former mayor of Kiowa has been placed on probation for four years for threatening his son with a gun.
Lawrence Perreault, 45, was the mayor of the town at the time of his arrest in April 2017. Perreault had consumed numerous alcoholic beverages during an outing with his son and daughter to a mall in Aurora, and on the way back home, the son confronted the father about drinking and driving, according to an arrest affidavit. Perreault responded by insulting his son and threatening the teenager with a gun.
On Feb. 27, Perreault pleaded guilty to felony menacing and a misdemeanor count of prohibited use of a weapon (possessing the gun while intoxicated).
Terms of Perreault's probation include 24 hours of community service, alcohol treatment and possible mental health treatment, according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. He will also be prohibited from possessing firearms.
“It is difficult to imagine what could lead a father to point a gun at his son. Here, we have a teenager trying to help his dad do the right thing,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in the news release. “The father, the man who should be setting a good example, instead puts his son in harm's way. This is a man who needs help, and I am glad he has a chance to get it.”
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 on April 15, 2017. 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 her daughter.
The teenager then proceeded to drive his father home. During the ride home, 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 arrest affidavit says.
While the son was driving east on County Road 166, Perreault pulled out a 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.
At about 10 p.m., Elbert County sheriff's deputies discovered Perreault and his wife 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 affidavit.
Perreault's wife told deputies the two were having a disagreement that involved her son. 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 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.
Perreault consented to a portable breath test and was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.186 percent, which is more than two times the legal limit for driving.
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