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After every UGA home football game, Flagpole checks the police blotter to find the weekend’s strangest drunken antics. All information is taken from Athens-Clarke County police reports.
• An employee of The Grill flagged down an officer at 12:48 a.m. Sunday because a couple had walked out without paying their bill. The employee told the officer they had ordered food but were kicked out of the restaurant for eating French fries off a plate belonging to another customer who was passed out. According to the couple, the passed-out customer didn’t seem to mind the fries being eaten when he woke up.
The couple was asked to leave by a server and didn’t receive their food. The employee demanded that they pay for the food that they had not received.
The officer told the employee that she could not make them pay for services that they had not received. The employee then asked that the two be banned from the restaurant for two years.
• Sunday at 12:10 a.m., an officer observed an inebriated male standing at the entrance to an East Clayton Street bar who was unable to retrieve his ID from his wallet.
The inebriated male then approached another male who was already in the bar’s patio area and handed his wallet over to the second male, who then moved to the rear of the patio area with the wallet. He then came back and returned the wallet to the inebriated male, who then approached the doorman to gain entry.
Two officers approached the inebriated male, stopped him and asked for his ID, and the inebriated male immediately placed his wallet back in his pocket and tried to walk away. The officer stopped the man and tried to retrieve his wallet. The other male from the patio approached and told the officers that the ID in the inebriated male wallet was his real ID. The officers retrieved the ID and found the inebriated male’s ID to be a printed copy of his real Georgia license with an altered date of birth.
The officer then found the 18-year-old Madison man’s real license and asked to see the other male subject’s ID. He informed the officers that he did not have an ID on him.
Officer retrieved two ID’s from his wallet: one his own and the other with the same license number and a piece of tape over the true date of birth with an altered date of birth. He was 17 years old and from Athens.
The two men were cited and released.
• An officer on downtown foot patrol on East Broad Street on Saturday afternoon observed a man drinking from a beer can. The officer took away the beer and asked for the man’s ID. The man began to look around for a spot to run, and the man ignored the request for the ID and moved to the patio of a restaurant.
The officer again asked for his ID. The man asked why he need to see his ID, and the officer told him that he had an open container on a public sidewalk.
The man then provided an Illinois ID as he continued to look around for a place to run. The officer again told him not to even think about running. The man then attempted to run away and the officer and another patrolman were grab him within a few steps and handcuffed him.
After searching him, the officers found a Georgia ID that showed him to be an 18-year-old from Peachtree City. The Illinois ID was a fake listing his age as 22. He was charged with obstruction, possession of a fake ID, underage possession/consumption of alcohol and open container.
• Friday at 1:57 a.m., two officers on foot patrol on East Broad Street noticed a male sitting in the parking lot of a bank. The man’s head was hanging down, and his back was covered with leaves. The male did not respond to officers saying, “Hey,” and was asleep.
One of the officers gently tapped him on the shoulder, and he woke up. The male told officers he was fine, but as he stood up to get his wallet after being asked for ID, he lost his balance. His eyes were glassy, and he smelled of alcohol.
Officers determined that the 20-year-old from Savannah was not intoxicated to the point of being a danger to himself or others, and he was cited and released to a friend who came to pick him up.
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