North Charleston bicyclist struck by vehicle jailed because police say he had gun
A bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle in North Charleston ended up in jail after police officers found a gun in his pocket, a report states.
Arthur Earl Gibson, 30, of Easton Street, is charged with unlawful carry of a firearm, jail records show.
A Nissan struck Gibson on Sunday as he rode his bicycle against the flow of traffic at East Montague Avenue and Churchill Road, police said.
Gibson was lying on the ground talking on a cellphone when officers arrived. The Nissan’s driver said that Gibson had a gun in his possession, police said.
Officers pulled a 9 mm pistol from Gibson’s pocket, according to a report. The gun had seven rounds in its magazine and one in the chamber, police said.
Gibson told police officers that he was headed to his home in the Accabee neighborhood to drop off the pistol when he was struck.
He called his girlfriend hoping that she’d come pick up the gun and debated running away, just before police arrived, the report states.
Officers placed Gibson under arrest and transported him to Roper Hospital for evaluation.
He was then held at the Charleston County jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail, court records show. Officers also cited Gibson as contributing to the wreck, police said.