Alcohol and firearms are generally dangerous when combined, as one Missouri man discovered after he allegedly shot several rounds at his neighbor's home after consuming some adult beverages. The 49-year-old man is facing felony charges related to the incident, according to authorities.

Investigators say the man has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon by an intoxicated person.

The man is accused of opening fire on a neighbor's mobile home during the late-night hours on Dec. 30, 2012. One of the rounds hit the man's own porch, according to authorities, while two more reportedly struck the mobile home, which was occupied by eight people. Several pellets landed close to an infant's sleeping area, according to investigators. A neighbor reportedly confronted the man after the incident, but the man is accused of threatening him until he returned to his home.

The man subsequently put the gun away and then threw a large rock at a fire hydrant, breaking off the top section of the hydrant. He initially hid from officers when they arrived at the residence, according to reports, but he eventually turned himself in. He is currently being held at the O'Fallon Police Department, where his bail has been set at $30,000.

Authorities report that the man did not give reasons for his actions, instead remaining silent throughout much of the arrest process.

The man has an opportunity to lower the severity of the charges he faces if he decides to plead guilty. A guilty plea could lead to the charges being dropped to a misdemeanor level, considering the fact that no one was injured. The man may be able to avoid jail time altogether if he works with a qualified attorney who can disprove his involvement in the incident.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "O'Fallon, Mo., police say drunk man fired shotgun into neighbor's mobile home," Susan Weich, Dec. 31, 2012.