A Madisonville mailman was arrested Dec. 21 after he allegedly kept returning to his car to drink alcohol.

Madisonville Police Officer Bobby Woods said he went to the post office and talked to the supervisor who said a William Freeman smelled of alcohol and appeared to have urinated on himself.

Woods said he found Freeman next to his car and asked him if he’d had anything to drink. Freeman said he hadn’t drank anything but Woods said he could smell alcohol coming from him.

Woods asked him to do a one leg field sobriety test, but Freeman had trouble with the motion. Woods asked him again if he’d been drinking and Freeman said again he hadn’t been and it was Sprite that had spilled on his lap.

Woods told Freeman he needed to find a ride home unless he could prove he wasn’t intoxicated. Woods then talked to the supervisor again who said Freeman had made multiple trips to his personal vehicle all day in the post office parking lot. The supervisor said he’d spend two or three minutes at the car, then leave again.

Woods asked Freeman if there was any alcohol in the car and Freeman said no, though he did tell Woods he could search the car.

Woods said he found two unopened bottles of airplane vodka in the passenger floorboard and an opened one in the driver’s seat.

Woods said Freeman then failed another field sobriety test and was placed under arrest.

Freeman, 47, Gowell Trail, Vonore, was charged with public intoxication.

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