While the Joplin Globe still hasn't been heard from, the upstart Joplin Daily's John Hacker not only has the story of Jasper County Presiding Commissioner Chuck Surface being stopped by a county deputy, but it also has comments from Surface.
"I had had some drinks and should have had breakfast and lunch, but it was such a busy day, I didn't take the time to eat," Surface said. "I had dropped by the Elks Lodge to talk with friends and I probably hung around there a half-hour too long. I should have known better, it was a silly, stupid mistake and I'll have to bear the consequences."
In the Globe's behalf, it should be mentioned that the Globe staff was at a disadvantage since Surface was stopped in unfamiliar territory for Globe reporters...in Joplin. If he had been stopped in Kansas or Neosho, it undoubtedly would already be on the Globe website.