MARYVILLE (AP and WATE) — Smile and say “cheese.” Maryville police say Michael Monn was covered with it, and nothing else, when they arrested him carrying snacks stolen from the concession stand at John Sevier pool.
Police say they first found Monn’s Jeep parked near the pool early Sunday morning, then saw his clothes and an open bottle of vodka inside it. Then they saw Monn.
Police say the Maryville man was naked, running toward the Jeep and had cheese in his hair, on his face and on his shoulders. Police say he smelled strongly of alcohol and wasn’t completely coherent. He managed all of this, including scaling an eight-foot-tall fence in the buff, before dawn.
Monn spoke with 6 News by phone Monday. He said he doesn’t know why or how he was smothered in nacho cheese. He did say he had a wild night of drinking and celebrating his 23rd birthday.
Officials with the Maryville Alcoa Blount County Parks and Recreation Department said this is the strangest call they’ve ever received from police. “They called me at 4:00 in the morning,” Chris Clark said. “Of course when you get a 4:00 call, you don’t really know what to expect. When I got up there and saw what was there, it was kind of odd. It’s not a call you get every day.”
“He was pretty confused. I guess dazed and confused would be the best way to state it because he was pretty much incoherent when I got there,” Clark said. “He had quite a bit to drink that night so he had seen better days.”
The Parks Department says it’s fortunate that Monn didn’t drown since he was swimming while drunk. The department has nearly $500 in damages. Monn was home Monday after being released from jail on a $9,300 bond. He’s due in general sessions court August 3rd.