Man who stripped, threw unmentionables on Metropolis Corridor steps charged with DUI, terroristic threats
Kenneth Morman, 53, evidently was upset with his ex-wife when he threw his underwear at City Hall during the early morning hours of Nov. 1.
According to a Savannah Police Department report, an officer arrived outside City Hall to find a group of people talking about a man who had backed his red tractor trailer truck onto the sidewalk and steps of City Hall, 2 E. Bay St., stripped down to nothing but his T-shirt and threw his underwear onto the public building’s steps just before stepping into the road and yelling incoherently. He then fled the scene.
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Video evidence later corroborated their account, also showing how cars had to drive around his truck into oncoming traffic.
“I had probable cause to believe Mr. Morman threatened to commit a crime of violence in reckless disregard for the risk of causing terror, evacuation, or serious public inconvenience,” Officer Carlos Bradley wrote in the police report.
Under the influence
While tracking the truck, Bradley found the driver at West Bryan and Jefferson streets, acting just as the civilians had described: While fully stopped, he was honking his horn repeatedly at nearby pedestrians. The officer turned on his lights and sirens and followed Morman’s truck. Once the truck turned south on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Morman abruptly stopped on the west side of the road and got out of the truck.
“I spoke with Mr. Morman who appeared upset about something that happened with his ex-wife, someone who works at City Hall, or a combination of the two,” the officer wrote.
After five to seven minutes of confusing talk, Morman identified himself and told the officer he was on his way to the child support office, where he was going to pay money he owed to get his license “straightened out.”
After running Morman’s information, the officer discovered Morman’s commercial driver’s license had been suspended and that he had multiple misdemeanor warrants.
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Despite Morman denying that he was using drugs or drinking alcohol, the officer conducted multiple field sobriety tests and surmised Morman was driving under the influence of drugs.
Morman was booked into the Chatham County Detention Center on charges of terrorist threats, disorderly conduct, DUI less safe (drugs), driving with a suspended license, impeding the flow of traffic and driving on the sidewalk.
No hearings have been scheduled yet in Morman’s case.
Drew Favakeh is the public safety reporter for Savannah Morning News. You can reach him at [email protected].
This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Man throws underwear at Savannah City Hall in apparent drug-induced tirade
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