Police: Bat-wielding man flees from imaginary mob

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comApril 17, 2014 

James Hacking

Burger King employees barricaded the doors Tuesday when a 43-year-old man brandishing a baseball bat and a large knife in the parking lot claimed pursuit by an invisible mob, according to court testimony.

James Hacking faced a disorderly while intoxicated charge during Thursday's Recorder's Court hearing.

Police tried to quell Hacking's fear when they arrived at the 4312 Veterans Parkway Burger King shortly after midnight. The Phenix City man told officers he was being chased by several men — some of which, he said, remained in the officer's presence, the officer told the court.

"All I saw was a confused man with a baseball bat and a knife yelling at people in Burger King," the officer said. "He saw them in front of him, but I didn't see anything."

Officers later discovered Hacking took an unknown quantity of methamphetamine before the episode. Employees at the nearby Hamilton Road Sav-A-Lot also reported feeling threatened when Hacking stumbled into the store's parking lot while fleeing his hallucinations, the officer said.

Judge Michael Joyner gave Hacking 12 months supervised probation and a $150 fine.

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