A night of heavy drinking took a grisly turn for one Maryland man after he wandered into the power control shed of a Delmar, Md., poultry farm and allegedly shut off the power to three of the farm’s chicken houses. Without power, nearly 70,000 chickens were killed.
According to NBCNews, Wicomico County sheriff’s officials were called after the property owner discovered the dead animals and found 21-year old Joshua D. Shelton passed-out on the floor of the shed.
“Shelton advised the last thing he remembered was being on the property after a nearby concert but did not know how he ended up in the shed,” Wicomico County sheriff’s Lt. Tim Robinson reported in a news release. “The deputy surmised that in his intoxicated state, Shelton turned off the circuit breakers that controlled the electricity to the chicken houses.”
Shelton has been arrested and booked on charges of second-degree burglary, trespass and malicious destruction of property.
The chickens, valued at $20,000, were due to be delivered at a nearby processing plant the next day.
In an interview with DelmarvaNow.com, Robinson suggests that Shelton may have stumbled into the shed and inadvertently shut off the power while searching for a light switch.