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Judge increases bail for man who can buy cigarettes, alcohol, but won't pay fine

Justice System

A Harford County judge increased bail this week for a man that the judge pointed out couldn't pay a court fine of $82.50, but had enough money to buy alcohol and cigarettes.

Isaac B. Bodden, 21, of the 800 block of Hayden Way in Bel Air, was charged early Monday morning with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful police order after getting into an argument with a BGE employee at the 7-Eleven at Route 22 and Moores Mill Road.

When deputies from the Harford County Sheriff's Office responded to the convenience store shortly before midnight, they found an intoxicated Bodden, yelling at a BGE employee, who said he had been parked next to 7-Eleven when Bodden confronted him, according to charging documents. He said Bodden threatened him and cursed at him, despite being told by the employee to back away and leave him alone, the court records said.

Bodden didn't back off, the BGE employee said, until the employee picked up a hammer and told him to stop.

Deputies tried to subdue Bodden, who allegedly refused to listen, according to charging documents. Bodden said he wanted to smoke a cigarette first. He did not sit down until a deputy physically made him sit on a curb. He was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful police order and taken to the Harford County Detention Center.

He was held there on $1,500 bail on the disorderly conduct charge and without bail for allegedly violating his probation in a case in which he was given probation for urinating in public. As a condition of that probation, Bodden was ordered to pay a fine of $82.50, which had not been paid at the time of his arrest Monday morning.

During a bail review hearing Tuesday afternoon in Harford County District Court, Judge Mimi Cooper raised Bodden's bail in the disorderly conduct case.

"You were highly intoxicated and all you wanted to do was get cigarettes," Cooper said to Bodden, who appeared from the jail via closed circuit television. "Which brings me to your next case."

"You clearly have no trouble getting money for things like alcohol and cigarettes, but you can't pay your fine. It's $82.50," she said.

Cooper increased Bodden's bail from $1,500 to $2,500 and required he pay the $82.50 before being released.

Bodden posted bond to cover the fine and bail and was released Tuesday afternoon.

A trial date on the disorderly conduct and failure to obey charges is scheduled June 13.

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