A man arrested for public drunkenness seemed more concerned about the arresting officer's impression of his girlfriend than his pending visit to the Jackson County Jail.
Commerce Police charged Ricky Divilard Beatty Jr., 27, of 133 Standridge Road, Jefferson, with public drunkenness after an officer found him lying in the mud near the entrance to Deer Trail Country Club.
The officer first saw him walking along Jefferson Road and turned around to investigate — only to find him gone. The officer turned into Country Club Road and found Beatty lying in the mud.
He asked Beatty what he was doing, to which the suspect replied that he was doing nothing, and was just tired, according to the arrest report.
When Beatty stood up, the officer noted that his hands were covered with blood and his shirt was bloody. The officer said that Beatty “kept holding his hands out front so I could arrest him. He would not resist. He said he watched COPS and understood how to act and he is not going to be an obstruction.”
Beatty explained that he and his girlfriend got into an argument and he struck the car window, smashing it and cutting his hand. The officer noted that Beatty was intoxicated.
While the officer was making the arrest, he noted that Beatty’s girlfriend drove up.
“While I was transporting him to jail, he kept asking me how I liked his girlfriend,” the officer wrote.
The officer did not venture an opinion on that subject.