Columbus Police Department officers responded to the scene and attempted to talk to the man, who was only responding “No!” and “You have no right!” to an officer that was looking the man over for wounds or identification.
The man, later identified as Brad Thomas Lamar of Columbus jumped up and stumbled around, nearly tripping over a parking block. Officer Nick Williams steadied him and asked if he wanted to go to the hospital to get checked out. “No, NO, NO,” responded the man. He then approached him and asked “Who are you? What is your name?”
After the officer responded, Lamar said “You’re a f**king…” and then proceeded to show the officer his middle finger for about 30 seconds.
Williams then took Lamar’s arm and moved it around to his back to cuff him. Lamar struggled and tried to escape, rushing in several directions unsuccessfully due to three officers restraining him.
He calmed down for a moment and then lay back down on the ground, shouting again at the officers “No, NO, NO!” Paramedics stated they would not take him to the hospital while he was combative.
Officers again asked if he wanted to be checked out at the hospital, and the man then said he would and reached his arms up to be helped to his feet.
Officers helped the man up and cuffed him. As they led him to the ambulance, they asked again if he would be cooperative going to the hospital, and Lamar said no and began asking for people’s names again.
Officers decided to place Lamar in the back of a police car and take him to the hospital before charging him with Public Drunkenness and bringing him to the jail.
Both officers on scene and Huddle House staff who were watching speculated that the man was both drunk and on some kind of hard drugs.
Huddle House waitresses told The Packet that the man couldn’t have been out there for more than 10 minutes and they were alerted to the situation by a customer that came in.0