Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: An intoxicated woman was arrested at Walmart after shouting profanities and racist epithets at employees and customers.
By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – Patty Nosie was arrested for disorderly conduct at Walmart on Saturday, March 24, but the jail was not able to receive her due to her high intoxication level.
Nosie had apparently yelled profanities and racist epithets at another Walmart customer while in the store’s restroom.
According to a Safford Police report, officers were dispatched to the store at 755 S. 20th Ave. at about 1:17 p.m. regarding a woman yelling profanities at people in the restroom and by the front doors of the store.
Upon arrival, officers located Nosie, who was surrounded by roughly six Walmart employees. Nosie reluctantly left the store with the officer. According to the report, she said she was yelling because the restroom was dirty and she was upset because “white” people always think her “people” are stealing from Walmart. Nosie, who is Native American, was slurring her words and smelled of alcohol, the officer reported.
A Walmart employee said she was waiting to use the restroom when Noise emerged from a stall and said, “What are you looking at (expletive deleted)? I’m just trying to use the restroom.”
The employee said she told Nosie she was just trying to use the restroom as well and Nosie allegedly replied, “I’ll kill you white (expletive deleted).” That was then followed by a string of obscenities, according to the employee’s statement to police. The employee stated she wished to pursue charges of disorderly conduct against Nosie, and another Walmart employee advised the store would be trespassing her from Walmart due to multiple incidents the business has had with Nosie in the past.
While being placed under arrest, Nosie attempted to leave and had to be physically restrained. While the officer attempted to book her into the jail, medical staff evaluated her condition and after numerous attempts recorded a breath-alcohol concentration of .409.
Due to the extremely high alcohol concentration, Nosie was not allowed to be booked into the jail and was instead released to an acquaintance, who was advised to keep on eye on her because of the level of her intoxication. She was then given a citation for disorderly conduct and was released.