Reynoldsburg police tried to take an intoxicated man found sleeping in the snow back to his home, but his wife pleaded with officers to take him to jail instead

Reynoldsburg police tried to take an intoxicated man found sleeping in the snow back to his home, but his wife pleaded with officers to take him to jail instead

Employees at a restaurant flagged the reporting officer down at 11:45 p.m. Feb. 5, in the 6300 block of East Main Street, saying a drunken man was banging on the locked doors, trying to get into the building.

The employees said the man had been on the property for hours and now was sleeping in the snow outside.

The officer found the man's address in his wallet and called his wife. According to his report, she "pleaded with me to take him either to jail or to his mother's house down the street ... she said he had been drinking all day."

The officer told her the man had not committed a crime so he couldn't be taken to jail. That changed, however, after the man became belligerent on the way to his house and began cursing at the officer, then yelled, "Call 911" to his wife when they arrived at his home.

The man attempted to hit his wife, police said, so the officer grabbed the back of his coveralls and pulled him away, then handcuffed him when the man fell to the ground, according to the police report.

The man was charged with disorderly conduct and transported to the Franklin County jail.

In other recent Reynoldsburg police reports:

• Officers reported a man who was "hanging out" at 2:15 a.m. Feb. 6 in the parking lot of a business in the 2000 block of Brice Road walked away "very quickly" after spotting police. He went into the business as another man was walking out and they spoke to each other, the report said.

The officer talked to the man who had entered the business and searched the restroom, but did not find anything, so he let the man go on his way.

Soon after the officers left, however, an employee of the business said he found a handgun in the restroom urinal. Police confiscated the gun, a Raven .25-caliber with the serial number scratched off.

• Officers were dispatched at 5:29 a.m. Jan. 31 to the corner of Brice Road and Eastgreen on a report that an unresponsive woman was lying on the ground.

The woman was being checked out by Truro Township Fire Department medics and was conscious when police arrived.

She said she had been in a car accident and had been thrown out of the vehicle. She told the reporting officer that she did not know the man she had been with because it was a first date. The man was driving a gray Ford truck, she told police.

Reynoldsburg police found no evidence of the vehicle and called Columbus police because if there were an accident, it happened on a street that is in Columbus.

Columbus officers indicated they would talk to the woman at the hospital.

Medics transported her to Grant Medical Center for treatment, but the Reynoldsburg officer found a bag of marijuana in the jacket she left on the ground. She was cited for drug abuse while in the hospital.

• A man told police someone broke into his home on Creekview Court before 8 p.m. Feb. 1. He said he noticed the door was open when he got home and saw that an Xbox game machine and two games were gone. The items were valued at $485.

The reporting officer said the door frame was damaged as if the door had been forced open.

• A man at a residence in the 6300 block of Roselawn Avenue was warned at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 that harboring a pit bull is illegal in Reynoldsburg.

The reporting officer said he saw "a medium-sized brown-colored female pit bull" on the living room sofa. The owner said the dog is an American bulldog but said he did not have any paperwork on the animal.

The officer told the man that his identification of a pit-bull mix is based on the dog's characteristics. He told the man if he did not remove the dog in a week, he would be cited.