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Parker County man asks for ride and gets one — to jail

A Weatherford man was arrested early Tuesday in the 1500 block of S. Main Street in Weatherford when he walked up to a patrol officer and asked for a ride home. Jayson Barksdale is accused of public intoxication.
A Weatherford man was arrested early Tuesday in the 1500 block of S. Main Street in Weatherford when he walked up to a patrol officer and asked for a ride home. Jayson Barksdale is accused of public intoxication.

A Parker County man who needed a ride home early Tuesday picked the wrong person to ask for a lift.

About 2:30 a.m., Jayson Barksdale, 33, walked up to a police officer who had pulled over a motorist in the 1500 block of South Main Street.

“The officer looked up and saw a man staggering toward him,” police Cmdr. Chris Crawford said Tuesday. “The man approached him and asked him for a ride home.”

The officer told Barksdale he was busy and that he would be with him in a few minutes. The officer, however, called for a second officer.

The second officer smelled alcohol on Barksdale’s breath and saw bloodshot eyes.

“It was apparent [Barksdale] had fallen because he had leaves in his hair,” Crawford said.

Barksdale failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.

“Usually, we don’t get someone asking for a ride home when they are intoxicated,” Crawford said.

Barksdale remained in the Parker County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, waiting to make his $500 bail and get a ride back to his home, which is about 3 miles from where he was picked up.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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