A Davenport man was pulled from the Mississippi River Saturday at Centennial Park after taking a swim while drunk, police said.
Police and the Davenport Fire Department's rescue boat were sent to the area of Centennial Park and the Marquette Street boat ramp shortly before 4:30 p.m. after several calls were made reporting that a man was in the river.
The man, whom police identified as Michael Carty, 49, of 602 W. 3rd St., Apt. 13, was pulled from the river just north of the boat ramp as families playing in the park and people fishing along the riverbank watched.
Carty refused medical treatment, police said.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police officer Gavin Tigges, Carty said he got into the water at the Main Street boat ramp near the Rhythm City Casino.
Carty said he had been drinking all day, according to Tigges' affidavit, and police asked him to take a pre-breathalyzer test which registered Carty's blood-alcohol level at .261, more than three times the legal limit.
While searching Carty before placing him in the squad car, Tigges seized a marijuana pipe from the man's right back pocket, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Carty told Tigges he used it for smoking "herb," which is a common street term for marijuana.
Carty is charged with one count of public intoxication-third or subsequent offense. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.
While it is not illegal to swim in the Mississippi River, Davenport Police Sgt. Mike Murphy said the practice is strongly discouraged, especially at this time with the river so high and the current so strong.