FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A man who wound up behind bars complained to Fort Pierce police that his neighbors on South 24th Street refused to give him beer, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.
Felipe Mejia, 32, said he called 911, lamenting to investigators around 1 a.m. on Oct. 3 that his neighbors in the 700 block of South 24th Street wouldn't hand over a cold one.
Police spoke to a neighbor, who said Mejia came over seeking suds. The neighbor said he didn't oblige Mejia's request "because he was drunk." An officer reported Mejia smelled of booze, slurred his words and had bloodshot eyes and difficulty keeping his balance.
"I then cautioned Mejia for his actions and suggested that he retire to his home for the evening," an affidavit states.
Mejia agreed and said, "America is my life!!!" before going in his home.
The officer left, but the neighbor called minutes later. The neighbor said after the officer left the first time Mejia returned and wanted more beers. The neighbor told Mejia to go away and Mejia brandished a screwdriver and started to "swing it about in his hands."
A friend of the neighbor said Mejia was intoxicated and started swinging the screwdriver after being denied a beer. The men said Mejia didn't try to attack them with the hand tool.
Mejia, of the 700 block of South 24th Street, was arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge.
Investigators found a screwdriver in his pocket, though the affidavit didn't specify whether it was a Phillips head or regular driver.
©2007 The E.W. Scripps Co. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.