Originally Posted by Redsland
I agree with most of your post, M2, but D'n'D suggests to me that he was outside either a bar or a girl's house and that he was making quite a ruckus. It doesn't suggest to me that he was simply walking home drunk.
Obviously, I could be wrong about that, though.
From years of covering police blotters I can tell you that D'n'D is one of the most trumped up charges on the books. Most times, it's someone showing mild signs of drunkenness who gets nabbed by a cop looking for something to do. There's usually very little "disorderly" when you read the arrest logs. It usually mentions one of two words - "erratic" or "loud" - with few specifics. I mean, if you were being little bit loud why wouldn't the cop just tell you to keep it down? Wouldn't that be the more sensible thing to do?
I had a friend who went to school down in Blacksburg, VA where the locals used to (and might still) make D'n'D a holy crusade. When I visited him at his frat, guys literally recommended that, after tying a few on, we drive to a bar a few blocks away so that when wouldn't get snagged for D'n'D. So, while I appreciate there's police like creek's cousin who only snag people who are way over the top, I know from experience that it isn't the norm.
Maybe Freel was being nuts, but you'll note there's nothing to that effect in the report. My guess is that's because it didn't make its way into the police log ... and it generally would make it into the police log if he were specifically doing something outlandish.