MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A DUI arrest in Miami Beach led police to discover an arsenal of weapons inside a man’s vehicle early Thursday morning.
It all started when police responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. of a suspicious vehicle blocking an alleyway at 14th Street and Ocean Court.
When officers arrived they found David Goldammer, 32, from South Dakota, asleep at the wheel inside a red Ford pickup truck which was running.
Officers noticed two open beer bottles as well as two-unholstered and loaded weapons on the center console.
Police also noticed an additional loaded handgun in Goldammer’s waistband as he got out of his vehicle.
The arresting officer noted Goldammer appeared to be inebriated and had a ‘distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his facial area’.
Authorities said Goldammer was arrested at around 2 a.m., after refusing to take part in the DUI test.
A more thorough search of Goldammer’s vehicle revealed two additional loaded handguns, a semi-automatic assault-style rifle, a box contain about a thousand rounds of ammunition, a pocketknife with a swastika on it, as well as, a bullet-resistant vest, police said.
“What we are doing is investigating why this 32-year-old man from South Dakota was in an alleyway here on Miami Beach, what his intentions were, what his motives were,“ said Miami Beach police Ofc. Ernesto Rodriguez.
Beach police believe alert officers may have “averted a tragedy”
“We need to have a clearer picture, a clear understanding of what his intentions were, what his motives were. We need to know why he came to South Florida with this arsenal,“ Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said federal agencies, including the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms have been called in to assist.
A search of the internet reveals nothing about Goldammer, including what groups or organizations he may or may not be connected with. It was revealed in court that he has a history of arrest out West for resisting arrest with threat of death or bodily harm. He has at least one other felony arrest. The dispositions of those cases are not clear.
Goldammer faces DUI, Openly Carrying a Weapon, and Carrying a Concealed Firearm charges.
On Thursday afternoon, he was given a $5,000 bond for open display of a firearm. No bond was required for the concealed weapons charge because he has a carry permit from South Dakota. A $1,000 bond was imposed for DUI. If Goldammer posts $600, ten percent, he walks out of Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
Miami Beach police were Livid.
A police source said “ he is not getting his guns back from us. He can sue. But he is not getting his guns back from us.”