Drunk man arrested at Hilton Head restaurant, SC FISH


An elderly Hilton Head man was arrested around 7 p.m. on Wednesday after entering Occasional coastal seafood of fish, put his card on the bar and said “I think there’s money on it” to the bartender, according to a report from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

The restaurant’s bartender replied “I don’t think I’ll have a beer for you then,” before noticing that the man had a bottle of Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey in his pocket, according to the report.

When the sheriff’s deputies arrived, the man had been escorted out of the restaurant and was lying on the floor, according to the report.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct in public, started swearing at people walking past the restaurant and shouting that he wanted to “kill cops” as he was wanted for identification, the report said.

MPs poured the remaining quarter-bottle of whiskey into his pocket before transporting the man to the Beaufort County detention center, according to the report.

After arriving at the detention center, staff informed MPs that the man would have to go to Beaufort Memorial Hospital due to his high level of intoxication.

Upon admission to the hospital, the man’s blood alcohol level was measured at 0.30, according to the report: 3.75 times the legal limit of 0.08.

After “sobering up,” the man was returned to the detention center and booked just after midnight Thursday, according to the Beaufort County Jail Newspaper.

This story was originally published May 11, 2019 10:17 am.

Katherine Kokal graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Island Packet newsroom in 2018. Before moving to the Lowcountry, she worked as an interviewer and translator for a non-profit organization. lucrative in Barcelona and two NPR member stations. At The Island Packet, Katherine covers government, environment, development, beaches and the all-important Loggerhead Turtle on Hilton Head Island. She has won awards from the South Carolina Press Association for her in-depth reporting, government reporting, business reporting, growth and development reporting, food writing, and for her use of social media.

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