Deputies arrived in a marked four-wheel-drive patrol vechicle to respond to a report of nudity on a public St. Augustine beach Thursday morning. Once there, they saw a naked man walking along the water’s edge in view of several beachgoers, according to an arrest affidavit from the St. John Sheriff’s Office.
When deputies approached the man, William Cody McLaughlin, they detected a “strong odor of alcoholic beverage.” McLaughlin told deputies he just wanted to be given a warning and dropped off and asked them to “give him a break,” according to the affidavit.
Once inside the patrol vehicle, deputies said, McLaughlin “laughed and made statements that made no sense.”
The lawmen must not have been feeling very generous — they busted the 24-year-old nude dude and charged him with Disorderly Conduct.
That’s when witnesses told deputies there was another nude dude who left the beach via a ramp. A deputy went to the ramp where he found two sets of shorts, cellphone, keys and the ID of Stephen McNeill, the report stated.
A construction worker near the ramp pointed out the home on the beach where the deputy could find the other nude dude. When the deputy went over to the home he made contact with the man’s roommate who verified that McNeill did live there. The nude dude was inside his bedroom and refused to open the door, deputies said.
The deputy told the roommate that McNeil’s phone and shorts were at the beach and then handed over McNeill’s ID and keys before leaving, according to the arrest report.
The deputy took no further action. Guess the lawman was feeling a little more generous towards nude dude No. 2.