Police arrested Patrick Lawrence, a 22-year-old white male, resident of
Dacula, GA, in a pumpkin patch at 11:38 p.m. Friday. Lawrence will be
charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency, and public
intoxication at the Gwinnett County courthouse on Monday.
The suspect allegedly stated that as he was passing a pumpkin patch, he
decided to stop. "You know, a pumpkin is soft and squishy inside, and
there was no one around here for miles. At least I thought there
wasn't," he stated in a phone interview from the jail.
Lawrence went on to state that he pulled over to the side of the road,
picked out a pumpkin that he felt was appropriate to his purposes, cut a
hole in it, and proceeded to satisfy his alleged "need."
"I guess I was just really into it, you know?" he commented with evident
embarrassment. In the process, Lawrence apparently failed to notice the
Gwinnett County police car approaching and was unaware of his audience
until officer Brenda Taylor approached him.
"It was an unusual situation, that's for sure," said officer Taylor. "I
walked up to (Lawrence) and he's . . . just working away at this
Taylor went on to describe what happened when she approached Lawrence.
"I just went up and said, 'Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you are
screwing a pumpkin?' He got real surprised, as you'd expect, and then
looked me straight in the face and said,
'A pumpkin? Damn...is it midnight already?'"