When nature calls and there is no restroom nearby, some Athens residents or college students might be desperate enough to do their business in a somewhat secluded location in public in order to avoid the embarrassment of not making it to the restroom in time. But when someone decides to urinate in public in front of others, an already awkward situation may become even more embarrassing for folks if it results in an arrest.
Over the weekend, a University of Georgia student was arrested for allegedly urinating in public. Although the incident occurred when it was dark outside, the student was still seen by a police officer. In addition to being charged with public urination, the 20-year-old student was also charged with underage possession or consumption of alcohol after the officer suspected that the underage student had been drinking.
The student was arrested on Feb. 3 shortly after 3:00 a.m. An Athens-Clarke County Police officer reported that he saw the student urinating near a fence. The student was allegedly not in a secluded area where others would not have noticed him. The officer claims that other people who were walking and driving nearby could have easily seen the student urinating.
When the officer began to approach the student, the student tried to walk away. The arrest report states that the officer could detect the odor of alcohol on the student’s breath, and the underage student did admit to consuming some alcohol prior to being stopped by the police officer.
The student’s arrest may seem like a minor incident compared to other incidents involving folks who have been accused of drinking and driving. However, the student could face serious social and legal consequences for the incident. When fighting student offenses or other alcohol-related offenses in Georgia, folks may want to consult an attorney in order to make sure their cases are handled as strategically as possible to protect their rights and their futures.
Source: The Red & Black, “Police Blotter – Feb. 3,” Kelly Whitmire, Feb. 3, 2013