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Police: Drunk man tried to stop school bus, threatened residents

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GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) -

A man is behind bars in Gaston County after he reportedly knocked on doors, threatening people inside, and tried to stop an elementary school bus while drunk.

According to Gaston County Police, officers were called to Saddlewood Drive after residents in the area began calling 911 saying a drunk man, armed with a weapon, was knocking on doors and threatening residents.

It happened around 6:45 am Wednesday morning.

The man, later identified as 42-year-old Jeffrey Ray Lewis, also tried to stop a school bus, as well, police told WBTV. The bus, which picks up students from Robinson and Hawks Nest Elementary Schools, proceeded on its way without further incident.

When officers arrived at the scene, they were able to find Lewis, who they say was extremely impaired.  He was arrested for being intoxicated and disruptive.

Lewis is homeless, according to police.

Lewis was transported to the Gaston County Jail where he is being held. He was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct, Resist, Delay, and Obstruct a Police Officer, and Impeding a School Bus.  He's being held on a $10,000 bond.

According to police, Lewis did not have a weapon on him when he was arrested, but was carrying a black cell phone that may have been mistaken for a weapon.

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