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From Conway Police Department reports

 

The crying of space 34

The call came from a Sonic. A man there was drunk, and driving (“report of an intoxicated driver”). There were actually two people, the caller said, the driver and another person, a passenger, parked in Space 34 and drunk, sitting in a blue van. It was Saturday, 11:27 p.m., Dec. 2.

An officer arrived and there, in Space 34, the promise of dispatch realized, a van. A man was sitting in the driver’s seat and the officer stepped up to speak with him. He asked the man to get out of the van (as would be the plan) so that he could understand, and the conversation began.

The man at this point, the officer reported, got out and was standing less-than-steady coupled with - and here that Saturday night classic of police report insight - the “odor of intoxicants” about the van man of Space 34.

Somebody called, the officer explained, because they thought the man in the van, his van, the man’s van, was drunk. The man became defensive and asked the officer who it was who called. The officer, instead, responded by asking if the man had “consumed any alcohol.” He had, the man (from the van) replied, having consumed one and one-half beers about four hours earlier, while at a birthday party. The officer’s next question: Was there anybody else in the van?

Yes, the man replied, a woman, whose birthday he had been celebrating. Had, perhaps, a drink been spilled on the driver? And instead of answering the man returned to wanting to know who called. The question again about how much to drink and the man replied “two beers about three hours ago.”

The officer spoke with the woman, the passenger in the van (with the man, in Space 34). She had, she told the officer, had a wine cooler earlier that evening as well as a shot. It was, to the officer’s question, her brother’s birthday.

The officer’s attention returned again to the van man. He, 50, continued to be uncooperative and belligerent. Placing the man in handcuffs and arresting him for public intoxication (the van was not running while it sat in Space 34) did nothing to alleviate this, the man instead challenging the officer to a boxing match.

A wrecker was called to impound the van, removing it from where it began, closing Saturday night’s door, there as it was in Space 34.

The woman was given a ride home by a second officer. At jail, the man was “issued a citation” for public intoxication, which he refused to sign. He was turned over to jail staff.

It was an Astro van.

(Sonic logging is a type of recording done in drilling. A sound is transmitted through a hole, and the time it takes from the transmission’s start to it being received by speakers because a unit of measure. Generally two receivers are used, for accuracy. The sound is able to travel through the “mud” of the hole being drilled. It is common in potassium mining.)

Most of the kids are alright

It was a loud party, the description from dispatch went. A home on Grand Falls had loud music coming from it and was just generally noisy. It was Sunday morning (really not long after the above) in its first 25 minutes, Sunday, Dec. 3. The reporting officer, in the company of a second officer, arrived at the home.

In the front yard of the home were four people, and the second officer began speaking with them. Nearby was a pickup truck, parked in the yard and the reporting officer spotted there, lying in the back of the truck, a young man. The young man “appeared to be passed out,” the officer reported. The officer walked to the truck to investigate.

Three of the outside group joined the officer, and they worked to wake the man. It didn’t go well, the young man “mumbling incoherently” as he fumbled about, finally getting out the word “beer” before reaching for one nearby, a can of the beverage, sitting as it was in the bed of the truck. With this the man sat up and the officer noted he was young. He asked how old he was. The man replied that he was 18.

So yeah, handcuffs. The man was taken into custody for public intoxication, and led to the officer’s patrol car, there placed in the back seat. Then the officer returned his attention to the home and the noise complaint. He was able to speak to a woman, who said the home was her’s and her boyfriend’s. She did not, she told the officer, know the young man currently locked in the back of the reporting officer patrol car. The group with whom the officer had been speaking also did not know the man per se, having only met him that evening, they told the officer, the report stated.

The man was taken to jail, booked in for public intoxication and turned over to jail staff.

 

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