2017-12-01 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia

Augusta Road: A man was arrested at 3 p.m. Thursday after an employee at a business called police to say he had a gun. When officers arrived, the man matching the employee’s description of him, was outside the business and appeared to be stumbling and having trouble walking. The reporting officer saw there was a bulge in the man’s waistband and when the man saw the officer, he picked up a plastic bag and started walking toward the officer. The officer ordered the man to stop walking and to put his hands out where the officer could see him. The officer kept the man at gunpoint until backup arrived, and the second officer frisked the man. He found a black BB gun in the man’s front waistband. The officers asked the man what he was doing and why he had the gun. The man replied in a slurred speech that reeked of alcohol he had just gotten “out of jail two days ago,” and he “was scared out here.” One of the officers asked the man how much he had had to drink, and the man said he had had “two or three” drinks, and he had “another one in the bag” he was holding. He was then placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct. The employee asked he also be placed on trespass notice as she said he had been standing out in front of the business for two hours before she finally called the police. He was taken to jail without further incident. The man replied in a slurred speech that reeked of alcohol he had just gotten “out of jail two days ago,” and he “was scared out here.” One of the officers asked the man how much he had had to drink, and the man said he had had “two or three” drinks, and he had “another one in the bag” he was holding. He was then placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct. The employee asked he also be placed on trespass notice as she said he had been standing out in front of the business for two hours before she finally called the police. He was taken to jail without further incident.

Center Street: Officers were dispatched to a home and a man was arrested at 1 p.m. Saturday for making non-emergency calls to 911. The man had been calling repeatedly all morning long and operators tried to explain to him that 911 was for life threatening calls only, but he kept calling. The last time he called when an officer was sent to his home, he refused to say what the emergency was he was calling about. When the officer arrived at his home and asked him what the problem was, he simply said he wanted to let the police know his “brother had left.” He was charged with the unlawful use of emergency services and taken to jail.

Platt Springs Road: Police were called at 4 p.m. Saturday after the 911 dispatch received several calls about a man walking haphazardly in the roadway. When they arrived on the scene, the officers saw the man who was dressed in hospital clothes stumbling dangerously close to the road. They approached the man and realized he was heavily intoxicated. His eyes were glassy, and his speech was slurred. He was extremely unsteady on his feet and wouldn’t tell the officers why he was walking in the road. He was then charged with disorderly conduct and taken to jail.

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