Beer-Soaked Alcoholic's Boyfriend Jailed

By Will Godfrey 08/29/11

A Florida man was arrested after stopping his "recovering" girlfriend from drinking yet another beer, but failing to keep her dry.

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A man in Naples, Florida, who tried some tough love to stop his alcoholic girlfriend drinking yet another beer has been thrown in jail for his pains. Jeffery Johnson, a 48-year-old cook, has been with his unnamed girlfriend for six years. She told deputies that she had recently moved in with her beau and was recovering from "a serious drinking problem," reports NaplesNews.com. But her recovery hit the rocks on Friday—as well as her relationship. She'd already downed several beers that evening and Johnson saw that she was about to open another. He tried to take the booze away from her, which led to a brief struggle that ended stickily: Johnson allegedly gained control of the beer and then "dumped it all over her." For dishing out this drenching, he was arrested on a charge of domestic battery. And when he got to jail, deputies apparently found that Johnson wasn't exactly Mr. Clean himself—he faces a second charge for possessing a steel wool pad that tested positive for cocaine.

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Will Godfrey is the former editor-in-chief of TheFix. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of Substance.com, and previously co-founded a magazine for prisoners in London. His work has appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, AlterNet and The Nation among others. He is currently the Executive Director at FILTER. You can find Will on Linkedin and Twitter.

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