What could be called the case of mistaken shoe identity began about 7:20 p.m. Feb. 21 when Fort Pierce police went to a convenience store, as reported by Will Green in TC Palm. Several folks pointed out Frank Wallace as the person causing a disturbance. He smelled of booze and swayed and stumbled while pacing.
“I explained, to the suspect, the situation and asked him to leave the parking lot of this open business,” the report states.
Before Wallace left, police stated, he picked up a big can of Colt 45 and started drinking.
Colt 45 is a malt liquor beverage introduced in 1963. The brand became associated with the actor Billy Dee Williams, who played the suave Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” Colt 45 was advertised with the slogan, “It works every time.”
Meanwhile, Wallace managed to get on a bicycle and head east on Avenue D.
“The suspect started to drink the beer in his hand, and he tilted his head far back,” the report states. “The suspect was not looking where he was riding on the sidewalk and the bike shuttered and swayed because of poor control.”
Police arrested Wallace on a consuming open alcoholic beverage in public charge.
Wallace’s shoes were searched at the St. Lucie County jail, and he was asked to pick them up.
“The suspect grabbed and attempted to pick up the two black marks that is adhered to the jails floor to indicate to any arrestee where to stand,” the report states. “The suspect tried numerous times to remove the marks on the floor, before he was advised that the marks weren’t his shoes.”
The report didn’t state whether the shoes were sneakers, tennis shoes, loafers, moccasins, sandals, platform shoes, wing-tips, slippers, running shoes, combat boots, cleats, clogs, flip-flops, work boots, golf shoes or another type of footwear.
The report also didn’t state how much Colt 45 Wallace drank. Nor did it list the size of the Colt 45 can.
Wallace’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.234 and 0.22. The legal limit is 0.08.
Wallace was also was arrested on a DUI charge.