Prematurely woken from his sleep, a 57-year-old Denton man could not explain to police where he was or what time it was.

He also couldn’t stand unassisted, said Denton police spokeswoman Allison Vetere.

Officers were originally called to the 600 block of East Hickory Street — less than 500 feet from the police station — when a passerby noticed the unconscious man.

“There was no sober party to release the subject to, so he was arrested for public intoxication due to being a danger to himself,” Vetere said.

She said the man’s charge was enhanced because he had at least three prior convictions for the same offense.

Specifically, the 57-year-old has 33 previous convictions for public intoxication dating back to 1995, according to county records.

He was arrested shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday on a charge of public intoxication with previous convictions.

Other reports

1100 block of Raleigh Path — Murky circumstances led to a woman calling police Saturday night. She told officers that a male neighbor had come to her home and banged on her door.

“The male stated that her dog was loose and had injured his dog,” Vetere said.

While the caller told police no injuries were visible on her neighbor’s dog, Vetere said it wasn’t immediately clear if officers inspected the dog to confirm that assessment.

Reading a police report, Vetere said the man allegedly “made some sort of statement about if the situation may have been different, he may have shot the dog.”

The caller told police that one of her two dogs, the smaller of the two, was loose at the time of the alleged attack.

Police reports did not list breeds of any of the dogs involved.

2700 block of West University Drive — A Walmart store reported four instances of shoplifting between 1 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.

In the biggest case, the items stolen are valued at less than $1,100. At the other end of the range, just over $100 was stolen in one incident.


From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 2,977 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.

From 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, the Denton Police Department handled 119 service and officer-initiated calls and made nine arrests.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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