Warren Shane Speegle made national headlines last summer when he told an Oklahoma City police officer hed made $60,000 in a year begging for money. He was arrested this week in Boise.
Speegle, 46, turned himself in at the Ada County Courthouse on Tuesday after missing a court appearance in April for a misdemeanor charge of urinating in public.
Hed been cited March 24 while asking for money on South Cole Road near the Interstate 84 off-ramp after an off-duty police officer said he saw him pee on a tree and alerted an on-duty officer.
Three months later, Speegle was in Oklahoma City, where he told a police officer he was too lazy to get a job and didnt need to because hed made $60,000 last year, according to KOCO TV news.
The officer told Speegle he needed a $200 daily permit to panhandle, but Speegle suggested the price was within his means. The Huffington Post website picked up the story, and it accumulated thousands of views and quickly went viral. Hundreds of versions appear on websites across the country.
Speegle told Boise police last spring that he was homeless. Its unclear how he gets around, but mugshots available online show hes been arrested on panhandling-related charges in Nevada, Utah and Arkansas.
He lists his hometown as Little Rock. Speegle was arrested there just four months ago. He also was arrested last year in Coeur dAlene, but a misdemeanor charge of soliciting without a sign was dismissed.
Panhandling is legal in Boise, but the city in 2010 launched a campaign to encourage citizens not to give beggars money and contribute to other community efforts to aid the poor and homeless.
Speegle pleaded guilty Wednesday to the public urination charge and a new misdemeanor charge of failure to appear. He was credited for two days served in the Ada County Jail.