Drunk Sooner fan mistakes Waco courthouse for hotel, is arrested


Welp, there’s one I can cross off my headline bucket list.

I think it goes without saying that more than a few Oklahoma fans consumed a few celebratory cocktails in the wake of OU’s huge win over Baylor in Waco this past weekend. One of those revelers was 35-year-old Harold Anthony Schroeder, although the Sooner fan apparently tipped back at least one too many.

At 8:15 a.m. local time the morning after the OU-BU game, sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco. When the police officers arrived, they found Schroeder, the Waco Tribune writes, “curled up between the counsel rail and the first-row seats in the 54th State District Courtroom.”

From the Tribune:

Wearing a crimson Oklahoma Sooners shirt, a groggy Schroeder sat on a bench in the courthouse rotunda and tried to explain to deputies that he thought he was at the Hilton.

Deputies noted in reports that Schroeder smelled strongly of alcohol.

McLennan County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Smith said courthouse videos show Schroeder entering the second floor of the courthouse through the Washington Avenue entrance after climbing the steep, limestone stairs.

Smith said investigators are unsure how he got into the building but think it is possible that the slide lock on the door was not engaged properly and the door opened when Schroeder gave it a shove or two.

Really, if we’re being honest here, who among us hasn’t mistaken a courthouse for a Hilton after a night of imbibing? “Let he who is without sin cast back the first shot,” the Good Book famously says.

Schroeder was not charged with burglary as his intent was to sleep and not steal, a sheriff’s department official stated. Rather, the fan was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.