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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    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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Comments

  1. PainSuxBalls
    It seems like there had to be other issues going on if he thought a twenty dollar bill was a cell phone. I don't see a .178 doing that to anyone. I wonder what else he was on, or if there are some mental health issues.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    That's a good point, although the national story (I originally heard on NPR radio news) didn't mention anything about his mental health. He must have some issues, though. Prior to attempting to use the $20 bill as a cellphone, he allegedly tried to hand it to the arresting officer as his driver's license. You never know...

  3. Kylekudjajc
    The red eyes could mean he was smoking weed too and was just doing it as a joke. I think it's possible.
  4. Alien Sex Fiend
    0.178 is too low level for anyone to pass out in public. he had most probably something else besides alcohol in his system. i doubt weed cause weed smells stronger than alcohol. if cops could smell alcohol on him, they d smell weed way before that. that or he has had mental issues. special needs people get booked everyday for nothing. if you were at the station, half of arrested people are special needs. weird that he got arrested for public intoxication. in my area they wake u up and drive you home, or to the hospital if you are puking. they don't arrest you. he wasn't in a car. btw is that his real name, Deaaron?
  5. Beenthere2Hippie
    According to the Iowa City Press Citizen newspaper, the Iowa City Police and NPR (National Public Radio) it is.

  6. Exitlude
    People respond to alcohol differently. I own a correctly calibrated breath screening device to measure my blood alcohol content. I'm well and truly ready to pass out -anywhere- by the time my BAC goes over .15! It's not like 0.178% blood alcohol content is a low reading by any stretch.
  7. RichInMethadonia
    He sounds like he mixed some benzos with the alcohol, that would be my guess. I bet the cops got a kick out of it though. Or, he could have been way more drunk and passed out for a few hours before they found him so he could have slept off some of the alcohol before the cops got to him.
  8. Moving Pictures
    Sounds funny as shit tho. I remember countless times while on opiates I would be awoken from my nod by a ringing phone only to try and answer the television remote...

    I dunno, drugs/alcohol do different things to different people, who knows what was going on in his head.
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