Moonshiners TV star Steven Ray Tickle has been charged with public intoxication after police found him drinking at a convenience store parking lot.
The Discovery Channel reality star was arrested last Thursday after cops were flagged down by a concerned citizen.
The goofy star of the reality show about moonshiners’ attempts to evade the law to brew their illegal hooch was so drunk he had to be carried into the jail by police.
“He was also drinking from an open container,” according to the police report. “The officer approached him and detected a strong odor of alcohol as well as normal indications of being intoxicated.”
Tickle, whose bio on the Discovery Channel website calls him a “a hard working still hand who loves moonshine,” was released later in the day.
Moonshiners is about the life of people who produce illegal alcohol in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina. The series dramatizes their liquor production efforts, law-evading techniques and life. There have been claims by local officials that the show is not what it portrays to be.
Virginia authorities have stated that no illegal liquor is actually being produced by the people depicted in the show. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said in March 2012 that, “If illegal activity was actually taking place, the Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement would have taken action.”
Moonshiners is now in its third season.