Two men in one bathroom for more than 30 minutes prompted a local store clerk to call police, and one of the men was arrested for obstruction.
Bulloch County sheriff's Deputy Anthony J. Wright and Cpl. Bob Dinello responded Saturday to the Tobacco and More 2 store on Highway 67 after the store clerk reported two males "who were in the bathroom over 30 minutes and refused to leave," according to sheriff's incident reports.
When deputies arrived, one man had already exited the bathroom and was sitting in a vehicle outside. Deputies questioned the man still inside the store, Morgan Andrew Slade, 28, of Oak Creek Road in Riceboro, who said that he had been in the bathroom alone. Dinello then spoke to the man in the vehicle, who said that he had been inside the bathroom with his wife.
When deputies went back inside to speak with Slade, the man in the vehicle fled. Slade ran, too, and deputies pursued him, according to reports.
Slade ran through a residential area, then into some woods, where he "tripped over vines" and was apprehended. He refused to offer any information about the other man who allegedly had been in the bathroom with him, but he told deputies that he was in a drug rehabilitation program and had been "recently injecting opiates," reports stated. Deputies noticed needle marks on his arms from suspected recent drug use.
Slade was arrested, charged with obstruction and taken to the Bulloch County Jail. The other man was not apprehended, according to reports.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.