LEICESTER, Mass. – A Worcester resident was arrested by Leicester Police early this morning after he was found intoxicated and soaking wet walking on Stafford Street near the intersection of Huntoon Memorial Highway in Leicester.
Leicester Police Chief James Hurley said the incident began after a motorist called police at approximately 1 a.m to report a suspicious male walking in the roadway. The two on-duty Leicester Police officers responded to Stafford Street near the intersection of Huntoon Memorial Highway and located the man, who immediately asked the approaching officers if they had a lighter he could borrow to light a cigarette.
The officers observed the man to be unsteady on his feet and swaying from side to side, and also soaking wet. When the officers inquired as to how many drinks the man had consumed, he stated he did not drink and was living in a sober house. A short while later the officers inquired again as to how much alcohol the man had consumed and he indicated a few drinks a couple of hours ago.
The officers further inquired as to how the man ended up soaking wet and he replied that he was walking home from his girlfriend’s house and that he had fallen into a lake. He could not provide any location on where he fell into the lake except that it was located on a dark road.
Based on everything the officers observed they placed the man into protective custody and transported him to the Leicester Police Department for processing. At the station the officers during the booking officer discovered several tablets of Clonazepam, a class E controlled substance, on the man.
The man, who was now identified as Joseph R. Funchion, 25, of 27 Tirrell Street, Worcester, indicated that he had a prescription for the narcotic but could not produce it. Mr. Reardon was charged with illegal possession of a class E controlled substance. He was booked and later released on personal recognizance and was scheduled to appear in the East Brookfield this morning.