Man in barn thought he was in Georgia, painted horse buggy

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man who admitted to taking “eight or nine klonopin” was found in a barn painting a horse buggy, breaking the lights on it and raking leaves, among other odd behavior.

It was reported Saturday on County Road 380 in Craighead County. The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office took the report, with Deputy Josh Miller responding. A caller advised a man in a red jacket or shirt, possibly intoxicated, was behind Trinity Cemetery in the barn area.

Authorities arrived to find James Harold Pendley, 27, of Cherry Valley, without any shoes or socks on. Pendley told the deputy he had been dropped off there. He seemed intoxicated and slurred his words, the report said.

Pendley then told the deputy he thought he was on his aunt’s farm in Georgia.

DSCN3977When the owner of the barn showed up, he had no idea who the man was. The suspect had several keys in his pocket which belonged to the landowner, as well. Around this point, Pendley said he had taken eight or nine klonopin and drank a beer the night before.

Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine. Clonazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced. It is a similar drug to Xanax but more slow-acting and longer lasting, and includes side effects such as loss of memory and slurred speech, RXList.com states.

The landowner surveyed the barn to report any damage to the deputy and noticed a horse buggy had broken lights and paint poured all over it. On the back side of the barn, Pendley had pulled a piece of wood off of the wall. At the front, it appeared he had racked up some leaves and piled them up, too. He had paint on his shirt and stomach, the report says.

Pendley was arrested for breaking or entering and first degree criminal mischief, both felonies. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for public intoxication. He was transported to Craighead County Detention Center, where he was held until Monday afternoon when he was released on bond.


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