Larry Tighe, a candidate in the 3rd District House race and a member of the Ohio County Republican Executive Committee, appeared in Wheeling Municipal Court before Judge Jeff Davis.
, a resident of Center Wheeling, was found guilty on two charges - being drunk in a public place and disorderly conduct.He
was sentenced to time already served of two and a half days, and he
received no fine.
told the court he
is bilingual and that he
often curses in German "because it is nicer."
repeatedly attempted to enter as evidence a sandal he
wore home from the Northern Regional Jail following the incident and his
subsequent incarceration there, but Miller told him the evidence only would be relevant if he
could prove the sandal had something to do with one of the two charges against him and his
"Do you know how I was treated at the jail?"Tighe
began to explain he
was having his
experience investigated by federal authorities, but Miller stopped him, saying this wasn't pertinent to the case at hand.
Miller later agreed to concede that at the time of his
had on no shoes, socks or a coat.
Wallace said Tighe
offered no resistance at the time of his
arrest, and he
noted that no breath test to determine Tighe's blood-alcohol content was administered.Tighe
testified that he
had been invited to the apartment of a male friend he
had "helped out a couple of years ago."Because the pair had planned to drink alcohol, Tighe
asked if he
might stay the night and avoid the walk back to Center Wheeling.It was snowing and about 10 degrees outside, he
The friend had agreed that he
should stay, according to Tighe
During the course of the evening, a second man and a woman came to the apartment, Tighe
had removed his
socks and shoes and begun to get comfortable when he
was pushed out of the apartment.Tighe
then began to bang on the door and curse in an attempt to get his
shoes, socks and coat back.
"The rationale for pushing me into the hallway?I don't know," Tighe
said."I know I was invited.I was always taught that if you have a guest, you look after your guest."He
added that he
had had no intent to be drunk in a public place.
"I just wanted to get my shoes, socks and coat back, and I would have been willing to leave," Tighe