Gunnoe was taken to the ground and handcuffed, police said. Perrine and Milam struggled to move Gunnoe from the road to the cruiser.
Gunnoe was incoherent, had a lack of motor skill and fell back to the road on their first attempt. Perrine noted in the complaint that he smelled alcohol on Gunnoe's breath.
The officers were able to get him to his feet on their second attempt but had to support him as he "staggered" to the police car. Once at the car, he refused to get inside and had to be "physically manhandled" to sit in the cruiser, the complaint said.
Officers found an empty pill bottle on the floor of the front passenger seat of Gunnoe's vehicle.
Gunnoe refused to participate in sobriety tests and was taken to the Hurricane Police Department for a breath test. His blood-alcohol content was recorded as .282, well above the legal limit of .08.
Officers said Gunnoe identified himself as a Charleston firefighter and asked for leniency.
Chief Overstreet said, "I can say I spoke with him; he said he didn't do that. He identified himself as a firefighter but he didn't ask for leniency."
He was charged with felony fleeing while driving under the influence and obstructing officers. He was free on bond.
Gunnoe is the son of Charleston Homeland Security and Emergency Services Director Grant Gunnoe Sr. The elder Gunnoe is also a former Charleston fire chief.
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