Chattanooga Whiskey co-founder arrested for public intoxication

photo Joe Ledbetter, co-founder of Chattanooga Whiskey, was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and retaliation against a judge, juror or officer.

The co-founder of local startup Chattanooga Whiskey was arrested on Sunday for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and retaliation against a judge, juror or officer, according to police.

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

The police report states that Ledbetter smelled strongly of alcohol and was slurring words. He asked the officers to help him get 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.

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