An allegedly intoxicated man yesterday passed through security, then stumbled about the courthouse, even falling on another man, before he was handcuffed and jailed.
Authorities say Anthony Troy Kiser, 49, was unsteady on his feet, "bobbing" as he underwent a security screening about 9:45 a.m. at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center. With "extremely slurred" speech, Kiser said he has "pins in his back" and was going to pay his taxes.
But he didn't get far with deputies observing his behavior. Kiser continued toward the tax office, then turned around, "wavering from side to side as he walked" down the hall, and headed for probate court, officers said in the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report.
Before stumbling, tripping and falling in the lap of man seated outside the courtroom, Kiser said he was with his niece for her court appearance, but authorities learned she had not been in court. Kiser later said he got to the courthouse in a taxi.
Insisting he had "only a few last night," Kiser was led away in handcuffs after he "mildly" resisted, deputies reported. The Cantrell Lane resident said he has trouble walking due to back problems.
Despite the pins and problems, Kiser allegedly lunged at a jail officer during book-in procedures and after failing to provide an adequate sample for a breath-alcohol test, authorities say.
He was charged with disorderly conduct, a county ordinance violation that carries a $162 cash bond.