Kings County: Man arrested following erratic behavior at casino, arrested again later that day
Photo: Rickie Pritchett / Kings County Sheriff’s Office
A Kings County man was recently arrested twice in the same day following instances of erratic behavior believed to be the result of drug use, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Early in the morning on Wednesday, January 27, deputies responded to the Tachi Palace casino where a man, later identified as Rickie Pritchett (60), was reportedly behaving erratically and yelling at customers.
Casino security informed deputies that Pritchett had been playing one of the slot machines when he began screaming at other patrons, refusing to leave when asked to do so. Deputies believed this to be a possible indication of being under the influence of narcotics.
Later, following his arrest and booking at the Kings County Jail, Pritchett reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine use. Though he was booked on a misdemeanor charge, he was released after sobering up.
Then, around 5:30 that afternoon, Pritchett got into the restricted parking area and explained to a deputy there that he was an ordained minister and intended to file a lawsuit.
Realizing that Pritchett was again displaying signs of drug use, the deputy placed him under arrest, with Pritchett allegedly being uncooperative and combative the whole time.
After being referred for medical clearance, during which he was also hostile, Pritchett was issued a citation to appear.