A public intoxication complaint resulted in a 29-year-old Sulphur Springs man going to jail not only for being intoxicated but also on a resisting arrest or detention charge as well.
Sulphur Springs police officers were dispatched downtown to look for a person in blue jeans and a black jacket who was suspected to be intoxicated and reported to be asleep on the sidewalk.
They found the 29-year-old man at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, on Oak Avenue at Jefferson Street. When they contacted him, police alleged the man to have slurred speech and confusion about his location. When asked where he lived, the man reportedly gave two different addresses. When asked to stand up, officers reported he did not have the physical capacity to stand on his own, so they had him sit back down for his safety.
After determining the man to be intoxicated in a public place, police reportedly assisted him to his feet and advised him to place his hand behind his back. At that point, the man allegedly began resisting arrest by locking his arms in place and pulling away from officers.
Police alleged they used the minimal amount of force necessary to place the man back onto the ground to effectively secure him in handcuffs. However, when he was put on the ground, the man reportedly sustained a small laceration on the lip, which was bleeding, so they called for EMS, police alleged in arrest reports.
Medical personnel reportedly cleaned the man’s wound, said he needed no further medical attention and released him to police. The man was transported to jail, police noted in arrest reports.
However, upon arrival at the jail, the man reportedly was uncooperative with officials, resulting in him being placed into a “holding tank,” police alleged in arrest reports.
The 29-year-old man remained in the county jail Wednesday morning, Oct. 23, on public intoxication and resisting arrest, search or transport charges. Bond on the resisting arrest charge was set at $2,000, according to jail reports.
Tuesday marked the third time this year that the man has been arrested locally on an intoxication charge; he was also arrested Jan. 6 for PI, and Jan. 18 on a warrant for third or more driving while intoxicated offense, according to jail reports.