Nap in the grass

An officer arrived at a busy road in Mount Pleasant in reference to a possible intoxicated person who was possibly unconscious on the ground. Upon the officer’s arrival, fire personnel and an EMS supervisor arrived on scene. They approached the man, who was standing at the time. The report stated he was swaying and unable to maintain his balance. The officer noticed his speech was slurred when he spoke.

The officer asked the man where he was coming from and he said he was just taking a walk. The officer explained why they were there. The man said that he was never laying on the ground. But, the officer observed grass on his right elbow and in his beard. EMS asked questions to determine his mental status. The EMS supervisor said he wasn’t able to answer his questions completely and he would have to be evaluated by a medical professional.

The officer asked the man where he was coming from. He said a tavern and then stated which one. According to the report, the man was very confused and asked why there were five police officers there. The officer explained there were only two officers and the rest were fire and EMS personnel. The suspect told them they were wasting their time and he just wanted to walk home.

A medic unit arrived and began talking with the suspect. They decided they needed to take him to the hospital to get him evaluated. The man became defensive and stated he didn’t want to go because he didn’t want to pay for the medical bill. He was advised that they needed to take him. The EMS supervisor told him that he would call his medical director and ask if he would be fine to go home. During this time, he agreed to let the EMTs check his vital signs. The EMS supervisor then advised they did indeed need to take him to the hospital to get him evaluated.

At this point, the man began shouting that he didn’t want to go and was uncooperative. The officer told him he needed to go to the hospital, but again he refused and shouted even more. The officer placed the man under arrest for drunkenness in public. He obeyed the officer’s orders to place his hands behind his back and was placed into handcuffs. The officer escorted him off of the ambulance and the man began yelling as he was escorted to the officer’s patrol vehicle. The officer searched the subject and placed him in the car. The EMS supervisor asked if the police would sign for the subject since he refused to go to the hospital. The officer said they would not do that until they spoke to a sergeant. The officer decided to escort him to a nearby hospital to check his medical status while the EMS followed. After a short time at the hospital they received discharge paperwork and transported the man to jail where he was booked and lodged. He was advised of his charge and court date.

The Police Blotter is intended to be an informative and humorous column written from police reports obtained from the Mt. Pleasant Police Dept. Many of the stories come from initial incident reports and, occasionally, supplemental reports. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication.