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Man Carrying Jail-Bought Drugs Behind Bars, Again

David Pirie Wallace III, 50, was found drunk sitting on the ground on Grand Avenue – near Linden Avenue -- about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25, by an officer who recognized him and knew he had just been released from jail, records show.

A man found drunk in South San Francisco and in possession of drugs he may have just bought while in jail was sentenced to nine months behind bars, three years probation and rehab, as well as various fines, court records indicate.

David Pirie Wallace III, 50, was found drunk sitting on the ground on Grand Avenue – near Linden Avenue -- about 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25, by an officer who recognized him and knew he had just been released from jail, records show.

Officers searching him -- he had waived his Fourth Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure when he was released from jail -- found a small amount of methamphetamine in his wallet but the suspect could not remember buying it.

He also tested with a blood alcohol level of .28 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drunkenness, according to court records.

“The defendant stated that he was "’loaded"’ and did not remember purchasing the drugs since getting out of jail that morning.

"The Officer asked the defendant if it was possible he purchased the narcotics prior to getting out of jail and getting his wallet back, to which the defendant responded "’I must have."’

A jury in January, after a four-day trial, found Wallace guilty of public drunkenness -- a misdemeanor -- and felony possession of methamphetamine, court records show.

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