Cliff Christian: I fought a tree for its sap; now I can speak Japanese

Cliff Christian: I fought a tree for its sap; now I can speak Japanese

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42-year-old Cliff Christian was jailed on Monday morning after police responded to a call regarding a man “assaulting a tree” at the intersection of Wallace and Recovery Road. When police arrived and approached Christian, he was behaving and speaking erratically and sweating profusely. He was screaming that a nearby tree was falling, which was not the case, leading the officer to believe he was on drugs. The officer asked Christian what he had taken, and he told the officer that he had taken marijuana, “a bunch of crack,” and tree sap that was supposed to give him the ability to speak Japanese. On the ride to booking, he kept reiterating how he had taken crack cocaine.

Cliff Christian (MNPD)
Cliff Christian (MNPD)

Cliff Christian was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on April 3rd, charged with public intoxication. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $100.

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