Police arrest man searching Oklahoma City sewer for insects

Joseph Elliot, 21, was arrested on a complaint of public drunkenness after he told officers he was searching the sewers for a dangerous new species of insects.
by Adam Kemp Modified: February 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013
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An Oklahoma City man was arrested on a complaint of public drunkenness after he told officers he was searching the sewers for a new species of dangerous insects.

Joseph Elliot, 21, was seen about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday kneeling in the street next to a storm drain in the area of 2200 S Eastern Ave.

When an officer asked what he was doing, Elliot said he heard there was a new species of insect living in the sewers and he needed to discover them before they started hurting people, according to the police report.

Police described Elliot as slow with slurred speech and reported he broke into sporadic fits of hysterical giggling.

The officer asked Elliot if he was on any drugs and Elliot replied, “Just oxygen and water,” according to the police report.

Elliot was taken to the Oklahoma County jail and was released Thursday.

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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