Man attends hearing intoxicated, judge says

Published 9:19 am Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Huntington, W.Va. man finds himself in the Lawrence County Jail after a judge said he showed up to court intoxicated.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Talbert, of 3587 Pine Ridge Road Lot 15, was in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning for a pretrial hearing.

The man faces charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of criminal tools and possessing drug abuse instruments.

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“Let the record reflect that the defendant is obviously under the influence,” Judge D. Scott Bowling said, adding that a toxicology screening done earlier for the most part had been clean.

The judge revoked the man’s bond and set a trial hearing for next week.

The man’s defense attorney, Mike Gleichauf, pointed out that Talbert had shown up for the hearing.

“Yes, he has, drunk, I would say for the record,” Bowling replied. “Quite drunk, I would add for the record.”