A 41-year-old man who witnesses said had been drinking since 9 a.m. was arrested Monday afternoon after authorities say he created a disturbance by pretending to drown and throwing jellyfish on teenagers.
Keith Edward Marriott, of 100 154th Ave. in Madeira Beach, faces charges of disorderly intoxication and carrying a concealed weapon after a pocketknife was found in his shorts, Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies said. Marriott repeatedly submerged himself and floated to the surface, “causing concern for his safety,” and was “loud and disruptive,” according to a sheriff’s report.
Then he started throwing sea creatures.
Marriott, who is listed on arrest reports as working for a brokerage company, remained at the Pinellas County Jail medical care division on Thursday although his bail is just $250. Pinellas County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said Marriott came into the jail “quite intoxicated” and “somewhat uncooperative,” and in need of care for a wound unrelated to his arrest. He can leave the facility as soon as he comes up with the clams.