Caught on tape: Man arrested while drinking tea in NC liquor store parking lot

Caught on tape: Man arrested while drinking tea in NC liquor store parking lot (Image 1)

A video on YouTube showing a man being arrested for trespassing in Fayetteville has gone viral after the man insisted all he was doing was drinking tea in the parking lot of  an ABC store.

The video, posted April 29, received nearly 300,000 views in just 3 days. Views to the video have jumped past 1.3 million in just 4 more days on YouTube. 

The first video shows a man drinking from a large beverage can around 8 p.m. on Morganton Road as he waits for a friend to arrive before they plan to buy some liquor.

An undercover cop, identified by Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Enforcement Thursday afternoon as Rick Libero, approaches the man in the parking lot.

 Click here to watch Part 1 of the video (CAUTION: Swearing and offensive language)

 Click here to watch Part 2 of the video (CAUTION: Swearing and offensive language)

ABC Law Enforcement identified the man as Christopher Lamont Beatty.

The video shows Libero repeatedly questioning Beatty about the contents of the beverage container.

Beatty keeps the container out of reach of Libero as Beatty explains the contents are iced tea and a close up of the container shows it to be the Arnold Palmer brand Half and Half, which is equal parts iced tea and lemonade. (In this case, the exact type is the Southern Style with sweat tea and pink lemonade.)

Libero asks Beatty to leave the property several times. Beatty hesitates to leave as he asks why he is being asked vacate the property.

Libero shows Beatty a set of handcuffs fastened to his belt before asking Beatty to put his hands on the car. Beatty moves toward the car before being handcuffed by Libero.

Libero puts Beatty into a headlock and takes him to the ground while Beatty is still holding the beverage container. The person videoing the incident then takes the can from Beatty to show the label closely on camera.

The video shows Libero standing over a handcuffed Beatty until a uniformed Fayetteville police officer arrives. The assisting officer places Beatty in his cruiser.

An unidentified woman hands the person videoing the incident the beverage container and Beatty's hat.

ABC Law Enforcement said Beatty was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting, delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Beatty was given a $2,000 secured bond. His first scheduled court appearance is June 6.

The news release from ABC Law Enforcement made no mention of Beatty having an alcoholic beverage.

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