Police (Off)Beat | Honest man’s love of beer leads to jail

  • A man holding a “Why lie? I need beer” sign was arrested for darting into traffic after less-than-amused policemen approached on the Lee Street exit of I-20 in downtown Atlanta.

    A sign similar to this one was proffered by a thirsty gentleman posted alongside an I-20 exit.

    A sign similar to this one was proffered by a thirsty gentleman posted alongside an I-20 exit.

  • It’s so hot in Atlanta that the cards police use to obtain fingerprints are melting on car dashboards.
  • What’s the street price of marijuana? The price varies, according to reports by undercover police officers, who paid as much as $10 for 1.4 grams on Candler Road (enough for three joints) and as little as $25 for 8.4 grams at a South DeKalb Mall kiosk (enough for 17 joints).
  • A 21-year-old Stone Mountain man caught kicking in a BMW dashboard to steal a GPS unit screamed “I live for this [bleep]!” before charging a DeKalb police officer and punching him in the eye.
  • A man driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am crossed the center line on Franklin Road in Cobb County “several times” while snorting cocaine.
  • A Pryor Street man is having trouble getting a good night’s sleep after arguing with his girlfriend and realizing she left his apartment with his 9mm.
  • A man pulled over in a tanning salon van was burned by the screwdriver jammed into the stolen vehicle’s ignition.
  • A Marietta McDonald’s manager is accused of punching a woman in the face who brought a service dog and autistic children into the restaurant, according to a warrant.
  • A 91-year-old Atlanta woman told police her grandson, a Navy seaman, called from the Dominican Republic to say he was in the island nation’s jail after being involved in a traffic accident. He asked her for $3,800, which she wired via Western Union. The next day, a man claiming to be her grandson’s lawyer called and told her his fees amounted to $6,800. She paid that too, but her grandson has yet to call and say thanks.
  • The manager of a downtown Atlanta hotel told police a woman dancing around in the lobby in a boxer’s stance refused to leave. The woman screamed she wanted to see Dr. Barack Obama and that she was a lawyer and physician in town to fight the “occupancy law” of Illinois. Her purse contained a perhaps unused bottle of prescription pills.
  • A Marietta woman is accused of stealing beer and 17 “picnic items” from a Lower Roswell Road Kroger.
  • A U.S. Airways employee told a passenger wearing two neck ties he couldn’t buy a ticket while intoxicated. The man became irate, screaming “I can fly whenever I want to!” He stumbled away from the ticket counter, leaving his luggage behind. The cop told the man unattended luggage is considered a security risk. The man yelled “I’m leaving it” in the cop’s face. Once in handcuffs, the man fell asleep astride an airport toilet.
  • A 26-year-old Stone Mountain man stupid enough to flash a “gang sign” in the presence of a DeKalb police officer was asked to dump the contents of his Crown Royal bag. Inside, police found dozens of ecstasy pills and a bag of weed.
  • A man sipping from a large can of Miller High Life while driving down Glenco Drive was pulled over and had a pocket full of cocaine, according to DeKalb police.

6 comments Add your comment


July 21st, 2011
3:45 pm

Old Geezer

July 24th, 2011
2:09 am

I see dangerously stupid people, only they don’t know they’re stupid.

It’s sad the police have to deal with this crap on a daily basis.


July 24th, 2011
9:26 pm

I’m not sure which is more sad. You reporting on a blue flu story based on a website with on 70 posts on it or the AJC making it a front page item.

But maybe you have “sources” you won’t name just like Mr. Murdoch did in England………….


July 28th, 2011
3:19 pm

First of all, nobody rolls joints anymore. Plus, the pigs must roll NYC-sized jays if they think they can get 17 joints out of a quarter-ounce. But, then again, the pigs are stingy with their weed they get from you and I!


August 9th, 2011
6:51 pm

“•A 26-year-old Stone Mountain man stupid enough to flash a “gang sign” in the presence of a DeKalb police officer was asked to dump the contents of his Crown Royal bag.”

I have a real issue with this. When did flashing a “gang sign” grounds to have your possession searched. The only reason this was done is because the man was a Black male who is probably unable to pay for a private attorney to have this bogus charge toss out. So the Dekalb County gets some free money (the fine), free labor (work for no charge while in jail or commnunity service).
The officer gets a pat on the back for getting another gang banger off the street. The Atlanta Police Department disbanded anti-drug Red Dog unit was known for such behavior.

Can you imagine if some kid from Alpharetta or Lawrenceville did this. This would be tossed out during the initial court appearance. There is such a thing as freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

Maybe I should learn some gang signs and flash one at a cop. I want him to ask to search my possession. Unlike this guy, I can afford a lawyer and I know my rights. Another reason why the cops in this country are becoming like the Gestapo.


August 28th, 2011
3:47 am

Let go to South DeKalb