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POLICE WERE called to the intersection of Abercorn Street and Stephenson Avenue about a man who was yelling and swinging a mop.

When officers arrived, the man was in the middle of the intersection acting strange and disoriented. He approached police aggressively and was told to sit on the curb. When the officers questioned the man, he told them someone had jumped him and knocked him off his bicycle.

As officers continued to question him, he became more disorderly, and his emotions swung between anger and crying. There was a minor abrasion on the man’s right hand and some blood on his shorts and around his lips. His pupils were extremely large, and he was very intoxicated.

He said he had gotten off work and stopped to have a few beers. As he approached Abercorn, an unknown man pushed him or knocked him off his bike.

The officers asked the man for more information about the suspect several times, and if anything had been taken from him in the attack. He gave a different answer each time.

• A woman was walking northbound in the 3600 block of Ogeechee Road shortly before midnight. An officer asked what she was doing in the area so late and she said she was going home to go to bed.

The officer asked to see ID, and the woman said she left it at home. When asked her name and birth date, she gave a false name and false birth date. When the officer ran the information, nothing came up. The officer asked the woman if she was lying and she said she wasn’t.

The information was then run through Florida’s database, because that’s where the woman said she grew up. No records came back. Finally, the woman gave her correct name, and several hits from the database came up. She was arrested on a charge of obstruction.

• The manager of an Abercorn Street restaurant said some customers who dined there left an envelope with $380 in it on the table.

The bus boy who cleaned the table assumed the money was for the waitress who served them, and handed the envelope to her. She kept the envelope and didn’t say anything about the money.

The customers came back to the restaurant and complained to the manager on duty. He and the restaurant’s loss prevention office confronted the waitress, who wrote a statement saying that she stole the money. The waitress said she wants to pay the money back to the customer.

• An officer on routine patrol saw a pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed going north on Abercorn Street at the East Gwinnett Street intersection. When the driver saw the officer’s patrol car, he hit his brakes to slow down, and the officer was able to stop him at Abercorn and Taylor streets.

As the officer approached the vehicle, he informed the man who he was and why he made the stop. When the officer told the man he was driving at a high rate of speed, the man responded, “I was?”

When the man spoke, the officer smelled alcohol on his breath. He said he was going home after watching a movie.

Although the man said he’d had one or two 16-ounce beers about two hours earlier, his speech was slurred and his eyes were glassy. He was given the standardized field sobriety test, consisting of the horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk-and-turn and one-leg stand.

The man failed the eye test, and started too soon on the walk-and-turn. He missed heel-to-toe on several steps and stepped off line. During the leg stand, he put his raised foot down after just 5 seconds, started again and put his leg down again after 5 seconds.

He was placed under arrested for driving under the influence and agreed to take a breathalyzer test. cs

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