'Otis' Heads To Court For Obstruction In Mount Airy

7:24 AM, Jun 14, 2011   |    comments
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Mount Airy, NC -- Looks like Otis is in trouble again.

Jimmy Slate dresses as the often-jailed Otis from "The Andy Griffith Show" and is to be in court Friday on a charge of violating a city ordinance against obstructing the sidewalk

Slate is a former Mount Airy police officer and avid "Andy Griffith Show" fan who has been impersonating its Otis Campbell town-drunk character for about four years while playing checkers with tourists on the sidewalk.

Police say the 63-year-old Slate was not dressed as Otis or playing checkers in April when he was taken into custody in Mount Airy, the town that provided the bases for Griffith's Mayberry.












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