You’re too drunk to leave Nashville — Michelle Balke & James Balke arrested at airport

55-year-old Michelle Kay Balke & 60-year-old James Balke were attempting to fly out of Nashville late Monday; however, gate agents at the Nashville International airport denied boarding to both parties due to their extreme level of intoxication. The couple became verbally aggressive, with each one blaming the other for their predicament. Their argument causes a disturbance to airport operations and the gathering of people now watching. Airport police arrived, and they were asked to leave the property. As they were walking out, they again began yelling at each other, and after multiple attempts to calm the situation, both parties were taken into custody for public intoxication.

Mark Newlin continues public intoxication arrest trend at Nashville Airport

Airport police initially responded to what they believed was a medical assistance call just after 11 a.m. Saturday. They encountered 61-Mark Newlin in D concourse at Gate 1, who was being held up by another person. Newlin explained he did not have any medical condition, but he had been drinking alcohol prior to the fall. He was heavily intoxicated and was taken into custody for public intoxication. 

Travis Heath deemed too drunk to function at the Nashville International Airport

Airport Police say 36-year-old passenger Travis Heath was observed to be extremely intoxicated at the Ole Red bar in concourse C at the Nashville International Airport just before 6 p.m. Saturday. Officers approached Heath and asked him for identification, but he had no idea where it was at. Despite attempts to arrange for someone to pick him up, Heath remained incoherent. Officers then loaded Heath into a wheelchair and transported him outside to ground transportation so he could take a cab off the airport property. Heath refused to get into a cab and urinated on himself. He was then taken into custody for public intoxication and transported to booking.

Carlton Clemons found with 58 pounds of marijuana in luggage at Nashville Airport

35-year-old Carlton Michael Clemons is jailed on a $150,000 bond after Airport Police discovered 58 pounds of vacuum sealed marijuana in his luggage as he arrived from Denver on a Southwest Airlines flight just after 1:30 a.m. Friday. Officers say K-9 Power alerted to the large black Samsonite roller bag, which had a strong odor of marijuana. Clemons admitted to knowing what was in the bags and was placed into custody. Officers note he was “completely cooperative and compliant” during questioning, search, and arrest.

John White drunk and disorderly at Nashville Airport, shouting about NFL teams

47-year-old John White was charged with public intoxication at the Nashville International Airport on November 6th at 5:30 a.m. after airport police were dispatched to the SouthWest ticket counter, where he was shouting profanities and yelling at multiple other customers. As officers arrived, White was shouting about NFL teams and smelled strongly of alcohol. It was determined that White did not even have a ticket to fly out on SouthWest. Officers attempted to get White a taxi, but he became increasingly agitated with officers. He was given a final choice to leave the property in a rideshare or go to jail. White was booked and charged with public intoxication.

Krysta Swanson found drunk and half-clothed in Nashville Airport bathroom

25-year-old Krysta Swanson was found passed out in a bathroom stall at the Nashville International Airport Friday morning. Airport Police located her slumped over and halfway clothed, with all of her belonging scattered on the floor of the bathroom. Offices say she was difficult to wake and appeared extremely intoxicated with slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath. She stated she believed she was in Maine and not Nashville. She was taken into custody for public intoxication and seen at Summit Hospital prior to booking after she slammed her head into the partition of the patrol car, causing a laceration to her forehead.

Jordan Higgins smashes ex-wife’s windshield when she picks him up at airport

When 44-year-old Jordan Higgins was picked up by his ex-wife at the Nashville International Airport on October 18th, the pair argued and were immediately disagreeable. Jordan became so upset he struck the windshield of Olivia’s car, breaking it, and injuring his hand. The two then continued their journey back to their shared residence in Murfreesboro but only got to Donelson Pike and Airport Center Drive before they were involved in an automobile crash. As officers inquired about the broken windshield, Jordan admitted to smashing it, and stated he’d “rather hurt something material than his wife.”

Robert Dillon pepper sprayed & arrested after trying to break into his apartment building while intoxicated

30-year-old Robert Dillon is charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication after he attempted to “bust the door open” to his downtown Nashville apartment building and was pepper-sprayed by security. He was reportedly attempting to get into an inner door leading to the residences when a guard says she told him to stop trying to break through the door, and he became irate. She says he yelled at her, took a fighting stance, and took a swing at her. Fearing for her safety, she pepper sprayed the resident. She says he then fell to the ground and began hitting his own head on a ramp causing his nose to bleed. Officers arrived and say he smelled of alcohol and took him into custody. Dillon has frequently opined about the digital key system not working at the building and often posted photographs of the rooms full of trash in the complex.

Robert Harris charged with smashing pregnant girlfriend’s face into dashboard during argument

28-year-old Robert Harris was charged with domestic assault early Tuesday morning after his girlfriend disclosed to police that Robert had slammed her face into the dashboard of his vehicle during an argument and then strangled her while pushing her against the passenger seat. The victim, Ivy Shoults, who is also pregnant, refused all medical assistance and seemed only to suffer injuries to her lip, which was busted and bleeding. Officers became aware of the couple as their vehicle was parked in the grass near Donelson Pike and Murfreesboro Road and conducted a welfare check. Harrs refused to answer any questions and was taken into custody.

Local woman Sharan Miles declared drunk & disorderly inside Nashville Airport

Airport Police responded to the ‘True to Tennessee’ retail store inside the Nashville International Airport on August 30th for a welfare check. Officers arrived and were directed to Tootsie’s bar, where they found 48-year-old Shara Ann Miles sitting inside. She was identified as the woman who had been staggering through the retail store and reeked of alcohol and became belligerent with the officer while yelling and loudly cursing inside the bar. Due to her behavior and inability to care for herself, Miles was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.