BY COLIN KRIEGER
Northside drunkard James Newton Turnipseed entered rarefied air that very few Columbus miscreants have achieved after getting arrested for the 23rd time in the last 15 years late Wednesday night. Columbus Police responded the The Elks Club at 918 16th St. N. around 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday night after a passerby reported a man laying in the parking lot bleeding from the face. Officers arrived to find the all-to-familiar Turnipseed laying in the fetal position on the cement on the southern edge of the property. Turnipseed, who had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest on a contempt of court charge, welcomed police officers to the scene as if they were family.
“Heeeey maaaaannnnnn,” Turnipseed mumbled, “why ya’ll heeeeeeeeere, summin’ wrong?”
Turnipseed, who appeared to have busted his nose in a very recent fall, told police he may have had some alcohol before ending up on the ground.
“Yea, I drank a beers. I maybe drank a beers, so what,” said Turnipseed.
Paramedics from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle arrived on scene and, with the protection of gloved hands, inspected Turnipseed. Turnipseed was found to be devoid of any serious injuries, and arrested on the warrant and for public drunkenness.
The public drunk charge was Turnipseed’s 14th of its kind in Lowndes County, and the 43rd charge the malefactor had faced since 1998. He was reportedly freed on a $662 bond Thursday afternoon.