A Tennessee man was arrested in court on Monday for allegedly smoking marijuana during his hearing for marijuana possession.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan told WTVF that Spencer Boston, 20, had appeared in court for his drug charge when he approached the bench to discuss his sentence with the judge and lighted up a joint.
“One of the craziest things I’ve seen,” Bryan told the news outlet.
Surveillance footage from the Wilson County courtroom appears to show Boston put some kind of cigarette in his mouth before reaching into his pocket and lighting it. Boston is seen smoking when an officer swiftly hauls him out of the room.
According to The Tennessean, Boston was standing before Judge Haywood Barry and was discussing marijuana legalization when he brandished the joint and smoked it.
Wilson County Lieutenant Scott Moore said the bizarre ordeal evoked laughter from the packed courtroom. Meanwhile, Bryan told the Tennesseean that the marijuana he was smoking left a strong odor.
Speaking with WTVF, Bryan also claimed that Boston left behind a small cloud of smoke as he was removed from the courtroom.
Boston was booked on a second drug possession charge in connection with Monday’s incident. He also received a 10-day sentence for contempt of court.
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[Featured image: Spencer Boston/Wilson County Sheriff’s Office; WTVF video screengrab]