2019-03-15 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia

Augusta Road: A man was arrested at 1:30 a.m. Saturday after a car service driver called police to tell them she had a naked passenger in her car. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man in the back seat of the woman’s vehicle. He was completely naked from the waist down and sitting in the back seat. The driver said she had picked the man up and he told her he was going home. She said he was “very quiet all the way to his stop” and when she opened the back door to let him out, that’s when she realized he had taken his pants off. She said at that point, she just called police. The officers asked the man what he was doing and he seemed to not realize his pants were off. One officer asked him why his pants would be down and he told the officer “she must have pulled them down,” meaning the car service driver. After that, he passed out and the officers had to use a sternum rub to rouse him. He was obviously intoxicated as his speech was slurred, his eyes glassy and bloodshot, and he reeked of alcohol. Once they woke him up and dressed him, the man was charged with gross intoxication and taken to jail.

Sunset Blvd.: Police were called at 9 p.m. Sunday after a man was spotted staggering in the roadway. When officers arrived, they saw the man as he unsteadily made his way across a parking lot and headed back towards the road. When they approached the man to stop him from going back into traffic he began to mumble and ramble almost incoherently but they understood he was admitting to “being really drunk” and saying he “didn’t want to go to jail.” He could barely stand and asked to be held up several times. Due to his state of inebriation, he was placed under arrest for his own safety and as they were cuffing and searching him for weapons, they discovered another unopened alcohol container stuffed in his pants leg. It was disposed of and he was taken to jail without further incident.

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