HR Strange But True!
October 01, 2004

A court reporter in Muskogee, Oklahoma, was booked into the county jail recently, accused of being drunk on the job.

Officials said the arrest occurred after reporter Myrna Gay Parrish had finished work in a judge's courtroom. When she walked into an elevator, someone thought they smelled alcohol on her and notified the sheriff's office, according to an Associated Press account.

"Parrish was brought down to the sheriff's office from the courthouse and given a field sobriety test. They determined she was intoxicated, and she was placed in the Haskell County Jail," said Joe Denney, public information officer for Haskell County Sheriff's Department.

Parrish, charged with misdemeanor public intoxication, was later released on bond. But in the meantime, deputies returned to the courtroom where she had been working and found some evidence. "They recovered a glass in which she was sipping a straw that smelled like pretty rank vodka," Denney said.

In the courtroom, Parrish had been transcribing statements made during a hearing on a drug manufacturing case. A prosecutor said officials intended to review her work to determine whether it could be relied upon. Luckily, a tape recorder was also operating at the time.

Source: The Associated Press, via Yahoo!

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