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February 6, 2013

Drunk man stiffs restaurant tab, gets seated in jail

CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville police were dispatched to LongHorn Steakhouse on Veterans Parkway about 9 p.m. Monday to respond to a report of an extremely intoxicated 42-year-old New Albany man who refused to leave the establishment, police reported.

After police arrived, employees pointed out a man wearing a Notre Dame baseball cap leaning against the bar who was unable to pay his bill.

“I stood there for a few moments and the subject, later identified as Jonathan Jones, turned around and began staring at me. I began walking toward him and he made some type of negative remark,” the officer noted in the report.

Jones, of 7625 Scottsville Road, was not able to provide identification to the officer upon request.

“He asked me what I was doing here, and I advised it was due to the fact the establishment was closing and we received a call that he did not have any way of paying his bill,” the responding officer wrote in his report. 

Jones continued to be unresponsive, police reported, as officers attempted to obtain a phone number so he could be picked up.

“I asked him to spell his name and he became very belligerent and asked me if I had a middle name and wanted to know how to spell it,” the officer wrote in the report. “I advised him that my patience had been worn thin and that I was trying to help him, but if he did not want to cooperate, I would lock him up for the theft.”

Police administered a portable breath test and found that Jones’ blood-alcohol content was .21, nearly three times the legal limit for motorists.

After Jones was told he was being placed under arrest, officers reported that he became very belligerent and called them offensive names.

"How many officers does it take to put me in the car?" Jones reportedly asked police during his arrest before again shouting profanities at the officers.

According to Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex officials, Jones was preliminarily charged with theft, a class D felony, and public intoxication and disorderly conduct, both class B misdemeanors.

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