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Ferris employee’s key ring mistaken for crack pipe

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - A city employee was found sitting in his car in the early morning hours of May 29, and the initial report suggested he was smoking a crack pipe.

Ferris Detective Mike Reaves said the report indicated Ferris Public Works employee Carl Jackson, 48, was handcuffed and maced after he refused to give a crack pipe in his possession to Ferris Police Officer Joe Alehandro.

Reaves said Jackson was written two citations for an open container and public intoxication.

Originally Reaves said Jackson was written a ticket for drug paraphernalia, but later said he was mistaken and Jackson was not written a ticket for paraphernalia.

An unnamed friend said Jackson does not use drugs and the long metal pipe in question was used as a large key chain to make the keys easier to keep up with.

Jackson said he had no comment other than, 'I just want it all to go away.'

The pipe key ring was not

confiscated and was returned to Jackson.

Reaves said a suspect is usually maced for not obeying the commands of officer, but Jackson's report made no mention of why he was maced.

Mace can burn the eyes, causing temporarily blindness for fifteen to thirty minutes.

'The story he (Jackson) gave me was he had the car about two weeks and had trouble with it. Sometimes the car would die,' said Ferris Mayor Jimmie Birdwell as he recalled a meeting with Jackson's supervisor and Ferris Public Works Director Charlie Joe James, Jackson, Alehandro, Chief Jeff Cottongame and himself after the incident.

'Sometimes it would have to sit there for a few minutes and then crank up. I've had the same way with a car.'

No other charges have been filed against Jackson.

Jackson way the second macing victim in less than a week.

On Friday, May 23, Juan Munoz was maced and hit in the bend of the knees after officers said he became unruly while trying to offer his assistance in a traffic stop by Cottongame.

Jackson was reportedly driven home by Ferris Police Sgt. Zaidle, after he arrived on scene to serve as backup for Alehandro.

Cottongame said his officers have the discretion to take a person suspected of public intoxication to jail or home.

Jackson's car was impounded by Ed's Garage of Ennis.

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