Dr. No Doesn’t Know When To Say When


Birmingham City Councilman Joel L. Montgomery was arrested early Saturday for public intoxication near Five Points South but his attorney said Montgomery committed no crime.

Montgomery, 50, is in his second term on the City Council and chairs the public safety committee. He represents District 1, which includes east Birmingham including Sun Valley, Echo Highlands and parts of Huffman.

A report released Saturday by the Birmingham Police Department said an officer on routine patrol saw a man sitting in the middle of a parking lot at 14th Avenue South and Cobb Lane at 2:25 a.m. Saturday. He had lacerations on his upper torso.

Normally I would not find this funny, but Montgomery is an arrogant jacka**, so seeing him humiliated like this is too sweet. Also, I may be mistaken, but I think one of the public safety committee’s responsibilities is . . . making recommendations about liquor licenses. Anyway, here’s the mug shot:

He’s got a decent shot at beating the charge, I think. It is perfectly legal to be drunk in public; to be guilty of public intox, you have to be drunk AND a danger to yourself or someone else. Further, our appellate courts have been fairly strict about the danger requirement. If Montgomery had just been sitting in the parking lot, he would probably win the case easily. That he had already hurt himself will make it more difficult. But the question is whether he posed a current or future threat. We’ll have to wait and see.

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3 Comments on “Dr. No Doesn’t Know When To Say When”

  1. Kathy Says:

    Even if he beats the rap, that mug shot will follow him for years. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. * hee *

  2. […] for a good laugh, be sure to read the police report from B’ham City Councilman Councilor Joel Montgomery’s arrest (thanks John Archibald). Good stuff, especially Dr. No promising a […]

  3. Flashpoint Says:

    […] chairs the public safety committee.  Just what does he do to ensure public safety?  He gets wasted and belligerent – in […]

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