Grieving Alabama man arrested for littering after placing flowers on fiancée’s grave
Alabama man was arrested recently for leaving flowers next to his fiancée’s grave after the father of his late fiancée signed a warrant for his arrest with charges of littering. Winchester Hagans, who is now facing charges for littering was arrested in Auburn, Alabama. Hannah Leigh Ford, 27, died in a car crash in January 2021 just a month later they got engaged.
Hagan told the police officer that Hanna preferred living flowers and that he had promised to never bring her cut flowers again and he intends to keep his promise that he made to his fiancée, "Even though she is gone, I promised her I would never bring her cut flowers again…She was the love of my life, the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with."
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In lieu of keeping that promise, Hagans made a flower box with all her favorite flowers inside. The outside of the flower box was covered with handwritten notes and photographs of the loving couple, Hagen then placed the box next to Hannah’s grave. This seemingly harmless and sweet gesture however did not sit well with Hannah’s father and he decided to sign a warrant for Hagen’s arrest on charges of littering.
The grieving fiancée was in his car when a police officer came over to break the news to him. "The officer came over and said, 'Hey, Mr. Hagans can you step out of the car there is a warrant for your arrest.' I said, 'No, that's impossible there's no way.'" Hagen told WTVM, a local ABC affiliate TV channel.
He was also told that placing the box there was technically a violation of local rules but no one ever hardly enforces that unless of course, requested by the family. Hannah’s father, who local media were unable to reach, didn’t talk to Hagans before signing the warrant for his arrest.