‘Drunk in public’ and nowhere to go?

by Madison White Franks

KILMARNOCK—The Kilmarnock town council met briefly Monday night and resumed a discussion on how to deal with individuals arrested for “drunk in public.”

According to council member Emerson Gravatt, chairman of the police and emergency preparedness committee, Kilmarnock Police Chief Mike Bedell is determining if the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw will temporarily hold those arrested in Kilmarnock for being drunk in public.

“The Middle Peninsula Regional Jail [in Saluda] can accommodate us; however, fees are required for Kilmarnock to be a part of that area’s regional jail system,” Gravatt said.

Council member Dr. Curtis Smith asked what kind of fee would be charged. Gravatt indicated the fee has yet to be determined.

Kilmarnock citizen Chris Harris asked why the Lancaster County Jail can’t take an intoxicated person. Kilmarnock citizens pay taxes to Lancaster although they are town residents…