KSU pro­fes­sor ex­plains why he passed out

Ac­worth man blames in­ci­dent on med­i­ca­tion mix-up.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Ben Brasch

A Ken­ne­saw State Univer­sity pro­fes­sor says there’s a rea­son he was found by po­lice passed out, seem­ingly drunk, inside the school’s stu­dent cen­ter with a halfempty beer and as­sorted pills in his truck.

Brent Christo­pher All­sup, of Ac­worth, was ar­rested Oct. 5 on three felony drug charges and an open-con­tainer mis­de­meanor count. All­sup blames it on for­get­ful­ness and an ac­ci­den­tal med­i­ca­tion mix-up of tak­ing both Hy­drocodone and Xanax.

Tif­fany Ca­puano, a KSU spokes­woman, said that All­sup was work­ing part-time as a pro­fes­sor in the busi­ness col­lege’s school of ac­count­ing but is no longer teach­ing classes due to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“There was no al­co­hol in­volved,” All­sup told the AJC. “I mean, there was an open con­tainer in the ve­hi­cle,”he said, but the halfempty, 16-ounce alu­minum beer bot­tle found by po­lice was from tail­gat­ing at the Fal­cons-Bills game on Sun­day.

He was ar­rested the fol­low­ing Thurs­day.

Po­lice wrote in the war­rant that they found All­sup “in­tox­i­cated by con­sump­tion of al­co­hol and med­i­ca­tion” and that he “stated that he drove to KSU af­ter drink­ing 3 to 5 beers.”

All­sup said that’s a mis­un­der­stand­ing.

The pro­fes­sor said that even though he doesn’t re­mem­ber giv­ing po­lice con­sent to search his car — “I was es­sen­tially blacked out” — he re­mem­bers think­ing the of­fi­cers were ask­ing how many beers he reg­u­larly had, not how many beers he’d had that night.

He said the com­bi­na­tion of med­i­ca­tion made him seem drunk. “I could not ar­tic­u­late any­thing re­ally well be­cause I was out of it.”

As for how the med­i­ca­tion mix-up hap­pened, he said, “I think I just grabbed the wrong med­i­ca­tion out of my bot­tle ... I don’t keep every pre­scrip­tion bot­tle with me, I just take what I need for the day and go.”

He said he took the pills be­fore his 8 p.m. man­age­rial ac­count­ing course.

“Nor­mally I take Xanax, some­thing, to calm my nerves be­fore I go speak in front of a class,” he said.

All­sup said Thurs­day, a week af­ter his ar­rest, that he plans on re­sign­ing un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is over so an­other pro­fes­sor can teach his class.

“There’s no point in me tak­ing away from the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I have an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

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