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.
Associated Press, via Yahoo!