Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 13, 2014

Drunken alcohol run to Wal-Mart ends in arrest

BY MATT TROUTMAN
mtroutman@record-eagle.com

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TRAVERSE CITY — A drunken Lake Ann man walked unfettered into Wal-Mart but left in handcuffs after authorities said he damaged store property when employees refused to sell him alcohol.

Grand Traverse County sheriff's Lt. Brian Giddis said deputies responded to a call early Tuesday about two men who acted belligerently inside the Garfield Township store. He said a Lake Ann man, 21, drove with a Mesick man, 21, to buy more alcohol after a night of drinking.

"They'd been drinking at other local establishments," Giddis said.

A Wal-Mart clerk refused to sell the men alcohol, prompting them to yell and curse at the employee, kick a glass sliding door as they left the store and flip over an electric cart in the parking lot.

Giddis said store employees called police when the men returned inside. He said deputies arrested the Lake Ann man on a malicious destruction of property charge for scrapes and damage to the cart's control panel.

The man's blood-alcohol level tested at .18 and authorities also seek a driving with a high blood-alcohol level charge, Giddis said.

Deputies released the Mesick man.