Man arrested for being drunk outside jail

Man arrested for being drunk outside jail

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - If you don't want to wind up behind bars, don't get drunk in the parking lot outside of the jail.

That's what the Craighead County Sheriff's Department accuses Joseph O'Neill of doing Sunday morning.

The 22-year-old Cotton Plant man and an unidentified woman were spotted on the detention center's cameras sitting inside a car on the parking lot around 5:20 a.m., Deputy Brandon Womack reported.

At one point, O'Neill reportedly came into the jail's lobby to ask about bonding a person out of jail. Womack stated jail officials told O'Neill to leave because he smelled of alcohol and was not wearing a shirt.

Womack then went out to the vehicle where he reportedly found a “highly intoxicated” O'Neill and the woman.

The woman told Womack they had driven from Woodruff County to bond out a friend of O'Neill's. During the drive, she said O'Neill “had been drinking whiskey and became intoxicated.”

After arriving at the sheriff's office, the woman stated O'Neill had “second thoughts” and said he “just wanted to sit there and think about what he was going to do and continued to drink whiskey.”

Womack reported finding an empty Red Velvet whiskey bottle under the front passenger's seat.

Womack arrested O'Neill on a charge of public intoxication.

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