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Chattanooga Whiskey co-founder arrested for public intoxication

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - The public face of local startup Chattanooga Whiskey was arrested on Sunday for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and retaliation against a judge, juror or officer, according to the arrest report.

Joe Ledbetter, a co-founder and part-owner of the whiskey company, was arrested at 3:12 a.m. Sunday morning after confronting police officers on Frazier Avenue.

The report states that Ledbetter smelled strongly of alcohol and was slurring. He asked the officers to help him aquire a taxi so he could get home, but when officers directed him to several taxis parked on the street corner, he became irritated and started to speak loudly, causing several people to stop and watch, according to the report.

He caused enough of a scene that he was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, the police report states. Then, as he was being transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking, Ledbetter allegedly told the officer that he wouldn't forget the officer and made a profanity-laced threat.

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