John McAfee Arrested On Charges Of DUI & Handgun Possession

McAfee pictured after arrest.

Authorities in Tennessee arrested Antivirus entrepreneur John McAfee for driving under the influence of drugs and carrying a handgun while intoxicated on Sunday. He admitted that he was under the influence of drugs when stopped by the police. In a post on Facebook, McAfee said it was a failure on his doctor’s part to tell him he couldn’t drive.

“Yes, I was arrested while under the influence of Xanax. It was a brand new prescription received the same day of the arrest, and the physician neglected to warn me about driving while taking it. As to the weapons, I always carry them and, unless one is impaired, they are legal to possess and carry.”  Apparently mocking the media sensation he was certain this could become, McAfee, who once said “I was born an anarchist,” posted sarcastically on Facebook:

“The shootout with the police was highly exaggerated and in fact no one was even hit by a bullet, let alone harmed by one. The police knew me and I don’t believe their hearts were truly in the shootout, as it is not included in the official report. When I ran out of ammunition, I surrendered quietly and the officers and my self had a cigarette together and joked about my bad aim.”

McAfee clarified that the post was “just one of [his] jokes.” Sheriff Brian Duke told the Jackson Sun that McAfee had been arrested.

Years ago, John McAfee retired to Belize where he planned to study plants before authorities seized his property for allegedly creating drugs in his laboratory. McAfee claims the visit came after an official from the party in power visited him and suggested a political donation in exchange for property and other bribes.

In retaliation, he claims, he hacked into every major computer from Belize government bureaucracies looking for proof they had set me up in order to extort the $2 million donation. He retrieved 17,000 hours worth of information implicating government officials in corruption, the antivirus software creator says.

McAfee tries to keep a low profile and believes he is routinely being tracked by law enforcement.


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