SANATOGA PA – Jerome B. “Jerry” Tucker, a 60-year-old Pottstown man, was arrested Wednesday (Nov. 11, 2015) at 9:26 p.m. by Lower Pottsgrove police on a charge of public intoxication after he allegedly created a disturbance over a ticket he received in the parking lot of Redner’s Warehouse Market, 1300 N. Charlotte St.
Sgt. Robert Greenwood said police responded after a Redner’s store manager called to report a male, later identified as Tucker, was in the parking lot “yelling and screaming over a parking ticket he had been issued while shopping in the store.”
In a press release on the incident, Greenwood acknowledged Lower Pottsgrove had ticketed Tucker’s vehicle about 20 minutes earlier for being parked in a handicapped zone “with no handicap registration or placard displayed.” Tucker found the violation notice when he left the store, and became visibly and audibly upset.
When police arrived, they claimed Tucker “was confrontational and verbally aggressive.” He used racial slurs, said he was a victim of profiling, and yelled obscenities in public with other shoppers nearby, they alleged. He was asked several times to be quiet and not to yell, they added.
As police spoke with Tucker they alleged there was a “strong odor” of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, that he showed signs of intoxication by an alcoholic beverage, and that he also “appeared to be under the influence of something that made him aggressive.”
Tucker was arrested on the intoxication charge, and for being a danger to himself and others in the area. He was transported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville for safe holding until he was sober, Greenwood reported.