Police: Drunken man claimed to be hit by car

A Nashville man was arrested downtown on Easter Sunday after a caller reported him lying in an alley behind a restaurant.

When Nashville Police Officer Michael Williams arrived in the area, he found Jaysen Erickson, 39, of Maple Drive, standing in front of the Brown County Playhouse. Nashville Police Department employee Tonya Harden reported he was the same man who had been in the alley earlier.

Erickson told police he had been struck by a vehicle while he was crossing the road near Main Street. Williams called an ambulance to check him out.

Williams’ report said Erickson’s eyes were red and glassy, he was slurring his speech and his balance was unsteady. Erickson told him he had been drinking since 10 a.m. and had continued the entire day, the report said. A breath test measured at 0.227, more than three times the legal limit for a driver.

Erickson told Williams he was on probation in Monroe County, and that drinking was in violation of his probation, the report said.

Another officer told Williams he had heard Erickson talking to the ambulance staff about fighting officers if they attempted to handcuff him. He complied after “a short time of fighting” with the officers, the report said.

He was charged April 19 with resisting law enforcement and public intoxication, both misdemeanors.

Officers did not determine whether or not he had been hit by a vehicle.