BJ may have lost the GAGOP chairman’s race, but he was the talk of the town after assisting an Athens police officer with a man who was on drugs:
As he helped a Hilton Garden Inn guest with directions near the lobby doors Thursday evening, an Athens-Clarke police officer said a man sprinted past him, ran to the reception desk and then tried to burst through the locked doors of the hotel’s administrative offices.
The man, later identified as 21-year-old Julian A. Rios, then ran to the concession area of the hotel on East Washington Street and tried to break through the glass doors of a cooler, according to a police report. The officer grabbed Rios as he again tried to break into the cooler. He noted in his report that Rios had a “blank stare” and was sweating.
Witnesses said they had earlier seen Rios running in circles inside the hotel’s parking garage.
BJ was rewards for his assistance:
After joining in the fray, Van Gundy remembers feeling the man’s breath on his arm and thinking he might get bitten.
Van Gundy’s efforts were rewarded.
While at the convention, he pulled out a junior officer’s sticker badge, peeled it off and slapped it to his jacket lapel.
He was sporting his badge this weekend. Way to go, BJ!