Thomasville Times Enterprise


April 3, 2014

Inebriation marks April Fools Day

THOMASVILLE —  Overly imbiding on April Fool’s Day landed three Thomasville men in jail.

For one suspect, his arrest followed numerous arrests for public drunkenness.

Ervin Hobby, 58, 277 Old Boston Road, had been out of jail less than a week when he appeared intoxicated at the Thomasville Social Security office, 1916 Smith Ave., said Lt. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department public information officer.

About 3 p.m. Tuesday, Hobby appeared at the Social Security office. It was not his first visit of the day.

“The management told the officer this was the third time this intoxicated man had been in the office that day,” Hampton explained. “At that point he was drinking from a bottle of vodka while waiting to be seen.”

Hobby was transported to the Thomas County Jail and charged with public drunkenness.

Police responded to Paradise Park at 9 p.m. Tuesday to assist a bail bondsman who was going to revoke bond on a man in the park.

Kevin Haire, 37,110 Blue Springs Drive, Leesburg, was with the wanted man.

Hampton said that as the bondsman revoked the man’s bond, Haire began to shout obscenities and caused a disturbance.

Haire was arrested and charged with public drunkenness and consumption of alcohol on city property.

“He was extremely intoxicated. He was so intoxicated the officer had to assist him in standing,” the officer explained.

Earlier Tuesday evening, Willie James Jackson, 59, 1104 N. Short Broad St., was charged with public drunkenness at Thomasville Motor Inn, 611 N. Boulevard.

Police responded to a crowd causing a disturbance at the site. Jackson was “extremely intoxicated and had trouble maintaining his balance,” the officer said.

Hampton said police will not tolerate public drunkenness on city and other public property, particularly in public parks where children play. Police regularly patrol city parks.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all city parks, and Hampton said police support management of businesses where intoxicated individuals cause a disturbance.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.


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