No driver’s license, no gun for man with Salem police ID

LISBON- A man reportedly used the identification card of an ex-Salem police officer after he was unable to produce the proper identification while trying to purchase a handgun.

According to Columbiana County Sheriff’s reports, Mike Runzo, of Runzo’s Outdoor Sports, U.S. Route 62, Beloit, reported at 2:59 p.m. Wednesday a man came into his store attempting to purchase a Glock handgun.

When he was asked for his identification, the man reportedly showed a Salem Police Department identification card with the name Gary Poage on it. When asked for a valid driver’s license or state identification, the man said he did not have it.

When asked how he drove there without a valid license, the man said he would have 24 hours to produce it if stopped.

Runzo told deputies the man smelled strongly of alcohol.

After they told the man they could not sell him the gun without proper identification, he left the store. The man reportedly was driving a red four-door Grand Am.

Poage pleaded no contest in late March to the OVI charge in Mahoning County Court in Canfield. He was fined $1,075 with $575 suspended, sentenced to 180 days in jail with 177 suspended and ordered to attend an intervention class. His license was also suspended for six months with credit from the date of the arrest, which would still leave his license suspended for more than the next three months.

According to sheriff’s reports, deputies also notified the Salem Police Department about the report.