2018-11-30 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia

State Street: A man was arrested at 9 p.m. Tuesday night after police received a call from a motorist saying someone was walking down the middle of the road. When the responding officer found the man, he was still in the middle of the road and staggering dangerously. The officer approached the man and asked him if he was ok. The man told the officer that yes, he was “just fine” and asked the officer how he was doing. The officer asked the man where he was going, and the man told him he was “going to Lexington.” Because he reeked of alcohol, the officer asked the man if he had been drinking, and the man replied “Oh yeah…a lot.” The officer explained to the man he couldn’t let him continue to walk in the roadway and asked him if anyone could come and get him. The man gave the officer his sister’s number, but when the officer called, she said she was “out of town” and couldn’t pick her brother up. At that point, the officer placed the man under arrest and charged him with public drunkenness.

Augusta Road: Police were called to a grocery store at noon Friday after employees discovered a man who didn’t work at the store asleep in the employee break room. The man had his head on the table and was fast asleep with a bottle of liquor beside him. The officer woke the man and told him he had to leave the premises, and the man agreed to comply. An hour later another call came into police headquarters about the man again being asleep in the break room. The officer returned to find the man again with his head on the table and the liquor bottle was still beside him, but it was empty. The officer had trouble waking the man, and when he did, the man could barely stand and couldn’t form a sentence. He was charged with public drunkenness and taken to jail without further incident.

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