From Conway Police Department reports

Homeless man accused of being drunk on a neighborhood street

A 39-year-old homeless man was arrested Friday on suspicion of being drunk in public after passersby reported he was screaming in the street while walking through a neighborhood.

According to an incident report, authorities were alerted shortly before 9 p.m. Friday of a man causing a disturbance near Monroe Street. According to complaints, there was "a black male screaming and being possibly intoxicated" in the area.A Conway officer soon located the suspect, who he immediately recognized as Concepseionne Joiner, near the intersection of Monroe and Factory streets.

The responding officers noticed the homeless suspect was unsteady on his feet, and also noted the man was confused about what day it was. According to the incident report, the 39-year-old suspect smelled strongly of alcohol as the officers spoke with him on the night in question.

"I also observed his speech was slurred, he was uneasy on his feet, swaying and had blood shot eyes," one of the officers wrote in his report. "Concepseionne was asked if he knew where he was at and he wasn't really sure. He was also asked if he knew what day it was. He stated that it was Wednesday and then he stated it was Thursday."

The responding officers said they considered Joiner to be "a threat to himself" because of his alleged level of intoxication. Because they considered the suspect a threat to himself and others, he was ultimately arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and taken to the county jail.

Cyclist taken to hospital following early-morning crash

A 53-year-old man believed to be under the influence of some type of narcotic was taken to a local hospital Saturday morning after authorities found he had crashed his bicycle on Siebenmorgen Road.

According to an incident report, the Conway Police Department was alerted at 6:19 a.m. Saturday of a man who was possibly injured along Siebenmorgen Road after crashing his bicycle. The man, who was later identified as Paul Gates, was found lying in the ditch on the south end of Siebenmorgen Road.

According to the incident report, Gates's bicycle was found about 100 yards away from where he was lying.

The responding officer noted he believed Gates crashed because he was under the influence of some sort of narcotic.

"Gates was laying in the ditch moving erratically," the incident report reads in part. "Gates was able to speak to me and tell me his name. Gates stated that he was having troubles breathing because of a chemical burn in his throat."

Because the victim said he suffered from a chemical burn, the officer called paramedics out to the scene. According to the report, the man was not injured and his bicycle was not damaged in the crash.

"Gates' bicycle was not damaged in any way and Gates did not show any signs of external injuries," the officer wrote in his report. "In speaking with the paramedics, it was determined that Gates was under the influence of narcotics."

According to the incident report, the 53-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Conway Regional Medical for further evaluation following the crash.

The officer took Gates's bicycle to the police department for safe keeping pending his release from the hospital, according to the report.