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A Roanoke Rapids man was charged with drunk and disruptive behavior Tuesday night as he allegedly threw beer bottles at passing cars swerving to miss him or blowing their horns to get him out of the roadway.

The events which led to the arrest of 61-year-old David Horton occurred in the area of Hinson and Kirk streets shortly before 10:30 p.m., interim police Chief Bobby Martin said in a statement.

Martin said this morning Horton was impeding traffic and would get mad when drivers tried to get him out of the roadway.

In the statement Martin said Officer J. Rowland and Master Officer Ryan Cross located Horton in the area of Roanoke Avenue and Hinson Street and tried to make sure he was OK. “Upon further investigation the officers discovered the subject to be very intoxicated and very disruptive to the officers. The subject refused to stay out of the road and follow the officers’ commands.”

Rowland and Cross placed Horton under arrest and took him before a magistrate where he was charged and given a $2,000 bond and March 5 court date. “The subject arrested was walking in and out of traffic and could have been severely injured or caused someone else to be injured,” Martin said in the statement. “The officers responding to citizens’ complaints help prevent a serious accident from occurring.”