IOWA - A Minnesota man has been charged for public intoxication after he allegedly tried making a phone call with a $20 bill.
Iowa City Police on foot patrol on the pedestrian mall noticed 22-year-old Deaaron M. Hearn, of Minneapolis, passed out on a bench at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a police complaint.
Police say Hearn smelled strongly of alcohol, had watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and poor balance.
When officers requested identification, Hearn repeatedly grabbed money from his wallet to hand to officers instead, according to police.
Police say officers then offered Hearn the chance to call his friends from his cell phone and instead of grabbing his phone, Hearn placed a $20 bill to his ear and used it as a cell phone.
Police say Hearn was placed under arrest for his own safety and blew a .178 in a preliminary breath test. His post breath test was .160, according to police.
Hearn has been charged with a simple misdemeanor count of public intoxication.
Mitchell Schmidt/Iowa City Press Citizen here., Sept. 30, 2013
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