An Aiken man was detained for disorderly conduct after someone reportedly saw him lying on the ground near York Street with his pants down, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Joshua Randall Weeks, 35, of Weeks Road, was charged with disorderly conduct and driving under suspension. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center and later released.
According to a report, officers responded to the Advance Auto Parts store on York Street about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for a possible indecent exposure and found Weeks walking from the side of the building fully dressed.
The complainant reported seeing Weeks “in the middle of pulling his pants up” and lying on the ground, according to the report.
Officers asked Weeks why he was lying on the ground with his pants down, and he said he was attempting to go to the bathroom, according to the report. Additionally, he said he wasn’t lying on the ground but was checking his rear tire. Officers asked Weeks for his license, and he told them it was suspended, according to the report. Weeks appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug and exhibited signs of intoxication.
An intravenous needle was found lying on the ground near a tire on Weeks’ vehicle, according to the report. An officer removed Weeks’ young children from the area, went back to speak with him and noticed that the needle was gone.
Weeks later told officers he took some of his wife’s methadone, according to the report. When asked about the needle, Weeks denied ever having one. The children’s mother was contacted after they were removed from the scene, according to Sgt. Jake Mahoney, a spokesman for Aiken Public Safety. They were later released to her custody.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.