A man with a dozen public intoxication convictions made it a baker’s dozen after he entered a plea not only to being drunk in public again, but also to slugging a deputy at the jail.
The man, Barry Barton, 51, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of resisting stop and public intoxication. Assault charges were dropped as part of the plea bargain. He was directed to serve 90 days in jail for the crime along with any time he owes the state for violation of probation.
Barton got into trouble when police were called to a local motel where he was screaming and yelling at neighbors. When police arrived, they smelled alcohol on him and tried to place him under arrest.
“He began to resist arrest and wouldn’t let them handcuff him,” the warrant against Barton reads, noting he continued to put up a fight. “He continued resisting officers all the way to jail.”
The excitement continued as corrections officers tried to put him in a cell at the jail.
“Once in the cell he sat on the floor as the deputy was trying to close the cell door,” the warrant continues. “Barton jumped up and tried to push his way out of the cell. The deputy pushed him back in the cell, at which time Barton hit the deputy with his closed fist, causing his nose to bleed.”
Barton was then subdued after slugging the officer but not before he was able to scratch the officer in the eye.
Barton had just been released after serving time for another public drunk charge two weeks before the incident. He has been credited with the 151 days he has served since being arrested for the most recent incident.