One afternoon in early August, a man in downtown Macon was standing in the back of a Dodge pickup pretending to fish. He had a fishing pole in one hand and a can of bug spray in the other. He muttered incoherently as he paced in the bed of the truck. The pickup, which wasn’t his, was parked on New Street near the Medical Center, Navicent Health. A hospital police officer asked the man, a 65-year-old from Laurens County, to put down the pole and talk to him. The man said he was defending himself, a report of the Aug. 5 incident said. Then he whacked the officer’s arm. The man was jailed on battery and trespassing charges. He was also cited for earlier lighting a small fire near a parking deck, at which point onlookers said he hopped into the truck and, the report added, “started acting crazy.”
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