Alcohol can do that to you.
That may be the lesson learned Saturday (August 11) in a couple of incidents reported by Sarnia Police.
In the first, which occurred around 3 a.m., two males were observed walking in the area of Stuart and Confederation Streets. The men were seen to be carrying open liquor and were later stopped by police, but not before they are said to have tossed the liquor into the bushes.
A quick search of the bushes (as well as an alleged state of intoxication of both accused) was enough to satisfy police that the men, aged 24 and 26, were intoxicated in a public place, a provincial offence.
Both were held until sober.
Later that night, about 10:40 p.m., Sarnia Police responded to a disturbance in the area of Bright and Mackenzie Streets.
When officers arrived, several people, who were seen to be consuming alcohol on the street and on sidewalks, scattered.
Police say they saw two males emerging from a rear yard in the 200 block of Bright Street. Both smelled strongly of alcohol and one man had blood and mud on him, indicating he had fallen. One of the males informed the officer he would call his father for a ride. They were sent on their way.
Moments later a 911 call was received advising police about a disturbance on Cobden Street, one block south of Bright Street. Some males had been engaged in a fight and when police arrived, the parties had fled through backyards to evade capture.
One of those males, a 17 year old, was found on Cobden Street. Police say the male the one who had been stopped earlier but said he was going to call his father.
The youth was arrested for trespass by night. He was also given a Provincial Offence Notice for Being Under the Age of 19 and Consuming Alcohol. He was eventually retrieved by his parents at police headquarters.
Police say the second male, who is 16 years of age, became quite belligerent and yelling that he was "king" and was afraid of no one. He was arrested for Cause Disturbance. He was lodge until sober and later released on an Officer in Charge Undertaking for a court date in September.