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Ink-stained Texas man smiles for mugshot photo, says he’s ‘the law’

by Leigh Egan

A Denton, Texas, man was arrested on Monday for drug paraphernalia and intoxication, and for unexplained reasons, he had black ink smeared all over his face.

The Star-Telegram reports that Joseph Augustini, 25, was weaving in and out of traffic on Monday morning at around 11 a.m. Denton police pulled him over near Denton Square, and what started as a simple traffic violation led to a non-alcoholic intoxication arrest after the suspect started acting bizarrely. When authorities asked Augustini if he realized that people called the police on him for driving erratically, he prompted assured them that of course he knew, because he was the law.

“I know the law, I am the law! I am the law…”

Posted by Joseph Mark Augustini on Sunday, August 28, 2016


Augustini then allegedly demanded that officer remove his belt and gun or else it “wouldn’t be a fair fight.” As he made demands, the police officer noticed Augustini holding a clear pipe in his hand with residue inside. The residue later tested positive for amphetamines.

The suspect was booked into Denton County jail.

[Feature Photo: Denton County Jail]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.