Every man has his limit, and Leonard Small reached his late Sunday night, somewhere between the apartment parking lot where he was picked up for public intoxication and the Dallas city jail.
When officers ushered the 25-year-old out from the back of the paddy wagon, they noticed that his pants were thoroughly soaked and that there was no evidence of any liquid-containing vessel.
City ordinance isn't very clear about whether peeing one's pants is a crime (its ban on public urination makes no mention of pants), and relevant case law is hard to come by. Even if it is, though, it would only be a misdemeanor, meaning that Smalls could have spent a few hours in the drunk tank, sobered up, and then gone on his way.
Instead, Small allegedly decided to commit a felony.
"Apparently, the guy peed himself, and when officers tried to take him out of the van, he kicked his pants at the officer's chest and [urine] got, you know, everywhere," Dallas police spokesman Juan Fernandez said.
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Officer Thomas Purdy, whose chest Small's urine-soaked leg allegedly hit, was not pleased. Two other officers stepped in and took Small to Lew Sterrett, where he is being held on a $25,000 bond for harassing a public servant.