MASON CITY | A Mason City man was charged with public intoxication after police said he brought a bottle of rum back to the hospital after being discharged on New Year’s Eve.

Police say Natanael Candelario Coplin, 43, brought a 750 ml bottle of Captain Morgan rum to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa after being discharged earlier that day.

Coplin is homeless, according to court documents, and wind chills at the time of the incident, 9:08 p.m., were as low as minus 25. 

“When officers located Coplin, the bottle was half-empty,” charging documents said. “Coplin had bloodshot, watery eyes; slurred speech and the odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath.”

Coplin allegedly refused sobriety testing, according to police, and was charged with public intoxication.

Court records indicate he has entered a written plea of not guilty to the charge.

His trial is scheduled for Jan. 25 in Cerro Gordo County District Court. 

— Ashley Miller

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