Man arrested at Carowinds area Motel 6 told police he was ‘looking for hookers’


A Charlotte man who had been released from the Mecklenburg County jail just last week is serving five days in York County’s prison camp after pleading guilty when he was arrested by York County deputies after allegedly saying he was “looking for hookers.”

Deputies were called to the Motel 6 near Carowinds Wednesday afternoon after employees said an intoxicated man was disturbing the guests. Police found Philip Dean Smith, 58, who police said was too drunk to walk to a nearby KFC chicken restaurant.

Officers told Smith that he should go back to his room because he was intoxicated, but Smith refused and told deputies that he was talking a stroll to get something to eat. Deputies told Smith he was too drunk to walk even that far — just a few buildings away — yet Smith ignored police commands and walked out of the motel.

When police detained Smith, he told them he was walking because he was seeking a prostitute.

Smith is at the prison camp serving a five day sentence after pleading guilty after his arrest, jail officials said.

Online jail records show that Smith was arrested in Charlotte May 15 for assault with a deadly weapon and simple assault, then released June 5 on a $1,000 bond.