November 24, 2020

Drugged-out man performs nearly-naked dance routine for Interstate drivers

A nearly naked man gave morning commuters on Interstate 59 in Laurel a show they might want to forget.

According to the Laurel Leader-Call, callers to 911 dispatcher reported a man dancing in his underwear on the bridge near Exit 99 Tuesday

When officers arrived on the scene they found Christopher Odom, 49, of Laurel performing on the bridge. Odom reportedly led Chief Deputy Mitch Sumrall of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department on a foot chase. Southbound traffic on the interstate was halted for a short period.

Non-compliant and combative, Odom was tased and taken into custody, according to reports.

Odom said he had been taking “ice,” which is a pure form of methamphetamine. After a medical evaluation, Odom was booked into the Jones County Adult Detention Facility on charges of public drunkenness, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

After the arrest, Sheriff Joe Berlin told the Laurel Leader-Call that Odom was a perfect example of what drug use can do to a person.

“If you ever needed a reason not to use illegal drugs, this incident should be a prime example of just how bad they can make you act,” Berlin said.

The Laurel Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol and the jasper County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the incident.