Man Blows Nose, Goes to Jail

Of course, it didn't help that he allegedly punched a cop...
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2011 9:31 AM CDT
A man blowing his nose ... but not the one who went to jail for it.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – All Alfred Murphy wanted to do was blow his nose, and he ended up in jail. The problem? The paper towels Murphy chose to use Monday afternoon came off a maintenance cart at an Atlanta subway station. A MARTA police officer who spotted Murphy told him he couldn't take the towels, but the man kept on pulling them from the cart and blowing his nose as the officer continued telling him to stop. Murphy insisted that since he paid his fare, he should be allowed to use the towels on the cart, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

When the officer asked Murphy to leave, the man instead went to a MARTA police phone. According to the police report, he "began to make incoherent statements about being assaulted and officers trying to kill him ... then became violent and began to struggle while holding on to the telephone receiver." He allegedly hit one officer in the face and punched another in the nose. Once arrested, police discovered Murphy was on probation. He was booked on charges of battery and trespassing.

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