MILLERSBURG -- An area man accused of being in possession of firearms as he fled the scene where he was allegedly stalking a doughnut delivery driver was arrested Monday and now faces related criminal charges.
Andrew L. Hershberger, 40, of 4607 Township Road 302, Millersburg, is charged in Holmes County Municipal Court with carrying a concealed weapon, menacing by stalking, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Millersburg Police were called at 10:41 p.m. to a reported disturbance at a gas station along state Route 39. There, they were advised Hershberger, who had fled the gas station as they arrived, had been following the delivery driver between his last four stops to local businesses, according to Sgt. Matt Shaner.
The officer pulled Hershberger's vehicle over near the intersection with Hardy Township Road 305, at which time Hershberger not only admitted to following the deliveryman, but said he had several loaded weapons -- a pistol on him, a pistol on the dashboard and a rifle in the back seat -- in his vehicle, according to Shaner.
Hershberger said he thought he was compliant with Ohio's open carry law, which does not extend to weapons in a vehicle, said Shaner.
Hershberger also told the officer he had been following the deliveryman because he believed the man was delivering either heroin or methamphetamine along his route and Hershberger indicated an interest in intervening, said Shaner, noting police do not believe there was any substance to Hershberger's claim.
During Hershberger's arrest, police found marijuana on him and in the car, where they also found rolling papers, said Shaner.
Hershberger, free on his own recognizance, is next scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 28.
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