Man arrested after appearing in court intoxicated

Man arrested after appearing in court intoxicated

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man who reportedly popped a pain pill before going to court Wednesday wound up back behind bars.

While performing bailiff duties in Craighead County District Court, Deputy Keith Bowers said he saw Gary Leon Webster, 65, enter the courtroom and sit down.

Bowers stated in his incident report that Webster was "unsteady on his feet and had a hard time keeping his eyes open."

When his case was called by Judge Keith Blackman, Webster was "still unsteady" when he approached the bench.

According to the report, when asked a question, Webster was "unable to answer coherently."

Blackman ordered Bowers to take Webster to the lobby and perform a portable breath test on him.

The test reportedly indicated Webster had not been consuming alcohol, so Bowers asked if he had taken any medication before coming to court.

According to the report, Webster told the deputy he had taken a klonapin.

Bowers stated Webster's speech was "extremely thick and he was slurring his words to the point that it was almost impossible to understand him."

The deputy arrested Webster for public intoxication and took him into the Craighead County Detention Center to await another court date on March 1.

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