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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they have arrested two men after shots were fired near Phoenix Hill Tavern Thursday morning.
According to an arrest report, officers stopped the men who were in a 2002 black Mercury Mountaineer near the corner of E. Broadway and S. Preston St. shortly after 3:30 a.m.
Police say 23-year-old Dandre L. Payne was driving the vehicle, and had run a red light. When they stopped him, he allegedly had, "obvious, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes," and was slow to answer questions.
Isiah L. Coleman, age 24, was a passenger in the vehicle, according to the arrest report.
Police say they patted Payne down and found marijuana -- packaged for sale -- in his pocket. Officers also allegedly found a firearm in the glove compartment, along with an open bottle of vodka. Police say they also found ammunition in the center console.
Earlier that evening, police say they had received a report of gunshots fired near a large crowd of people at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, and believed that Payne and Coleman were "fleeing from the scene" when they were stopped. According to the arrest report, Coleman eventually admitted to, "hearing shots being fired nearby in a parking lot and returning fire in an unknown direction."
Payne allegedly told officers that Coleman took the magazine out of the gun and placed the gun and the magazine in separate compartments when they were stopped for running the red light.
Both men were arrested. Coleman is charged with wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence. Payne is charged with disregarding a traffic control device, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, trafficking in marijuana, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance.