JPD makes several public intoxication arrests during first weekend of 2016

JPD makes several public intoxication arrests during first weekend of 2016

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department was busy on the first day of 2016. They made 7 public intoxication arrests on Jan. 1 and an additional one early on Jan. 2.

The first public intoxication call that JPD responded to Friday came in around 12:20 a.m.

A 20-year-old man was reportedly trying to start a fight inside The Vault, 2801 Fair Park in Jonesboro.

He was arrested for public intoxication and purchase or possession of intoxicating liquor by a minor.

According to the report, the man tried to blame the club saying "it was The Vault's fault because he was underage and they served him alcohol."

About 12:45 a.m., the Arkansas State University Police Department radioed for help breaking up a large party at a fraternity house on campus.

While on campus, officers arrested three men for public intoxication, one of them also being charged with minor in possession of intoxicating liquor.

According to incident reports, police stopped one of the partygoers from leaving in a vehicle when "his eyes were barely open and he was very apparently intoxicated."

One of the other men arrested on campus was caught running out of the back door after being told to stay inside or risk being charged with public intoxication.

The other man was outside when police arrived and continuously "mouthed" at them and tried to shut the door on an officer, according to the report.

The next arrest was made around 2:40 a.m. in the 2800-block of Fair Park Boulevard when a 43-year-old man was charged with public intoxication.

Officers arrested another man around 3:15 a.m. after they found him inside the screened-in porch of the Office Sports Bar and Grill, 1509 Market Place.

The man told officers he had not been at the bar when it was open and he was unable to answer questions about where he was.

He was arrested for public intoxication after officers smelled intoxicants coming from him and noticed he had a blue Solo cup with alcohol in it.

Later the same morning, police responded to the 1100-block of Citizen Street in reference to an unwanted person.

Once on scene, they found a 22-year-old woman lying in the street crying. She said her boyfriend and her got into an argument after coming home from the club.

She was arrested for public intoxication while her boyfriend was arrested for nonpayment of fines and a probation revocation.

The next morning, on Saturday, officers responded to a vehicle breaking and entering in the 1200-block of Rainwood Street.

Once on scene, they were told by a 32-year-old man that a woman inside was supposed to take him home but they had gotten in an argument and she wouldn't.

Officers wrote that they could smell the odor of intoxicants very strongly on the man.

The woman told police she refused to take the man home after he began punching her car.

She said she just wanted him away from the house and her vehicle. He was arrested for public intoxication.

Public intoxication is a misdemeanor offense.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department's Public Information Specialist Paul Holmes, the department makes about 220 public intoxication arrests per year.

He said about 10% of those arrests usually happen between Dec. 1 and the New Year's Holiday.

From December 1, 2015 until Saturday, there were 22 total arrests for public intoxication in Jonesboro.

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