DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A Burger King employee has been arrested after he allegedly was found with a gun and drugs at work.
DeFuniak Springs police officers responded to the restaurant on Monday afternoon after a person reported that a worker might have a gun, according to a press release from the Police Department.
Officers contacted management and determined that 20-year-old Dominic Austin Hines of DeFuniak Springs did have a 9mm handgun inside a backpack in the restaurant. The firearm had one round chambered and the safety was off, according to police.
Burger King's policy prohibits firearms in the restaurant. Police received the tip because Hines is a convicted felon and on felony probation, the press release said.Ho
Hines also had a rolled up $5 bill that allegedly contained methamphetamine. Police say he also had pills of suspected hydromorphone (generic for Dilaudid) without a prescription.
Hines was arrested and taken to the Walton County Jail on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, and felony violation of probation. Additional charges are pending results of substance analysis by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab.
“I am very appreciative of our citizens and businesses working with us to help rid our community of illegal guns and drugs,” Police Chief Mark Weeks said.
Hines was still in jail Tuesday afternoon.