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Motion filed to drop Ben Reynolds’ public intoxication charge

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A Mobile City councilman faced some heat last month after being arrested for public intoxication over the July 4 weekend. Now, the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to dismiss.

Ben Reynolds of District 4 was a passenger on a boat stopped in Orange Beach by a state trooper on July 2. When the soldier tried to get the driver to take a sobriety test, Reynolds interrupted him and argued, even after being ordered to stop. That’s when the soldier handcuffed him and sent him to Baldwin County Jail on a charge of public intoxication, all according to court documents. Reynolds then posted $100 bond and was released.

Following the arrest, Reynolds released a statement, which read in part:

“I was in Orange Beach over the 4th of July weekend having a great time like thousands of others. There was a heavy law enforcement presence, as there should have been. I was arrested for public drunkenness Saturday night as a passenger on a boat around 7:30 p.m. and released the next morning.

According to the arresting officer in court documents:

“Reynolds was a passenger on a ship that was arrested. As the Trooper began field sobriety with the Operator, Reynolds loudly interrupted the Trooper. Reynolds was told to stop interrupting, discussing it, then again to stop talking. He abstained. The Trooper started testing again, shortly after Reynolds interrupted again. The smell of alcohol on Reynolds’ breath was very strong. When asked if he had been drinking that day, Reynolds replied “Yes”. Reynolds, being in public and on a ship allowing an intoxicated person to drive, was deemed a danger to himself and arrested for public intox.

According to court documents, a motion was filed on Friday to dismiss the charge. In her motion to dismiss the case, Baldwin County Assistant District Attorney Courtney Willcox said, “In the interests of justice and judicial economy, the state wishes to rescind the prose of this affair. Therefore, in the best interests of justice and judicial economy, the state respectfully requests that the above-noted matter not be prosecuted and that court costs be waived. »

The judge did not render a decision.

Reynolds is due in court next week and continues to serve as District 4 councillor.

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