By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
When some drunken, badly behaving boaters created a disturbance at The Waterfront Restaurant, 507 Biddle, the evening of July 28, events were set in motion which ended in a man’s felony arrest.
When a boat and its passengers arrived at the waterfront restaurant, several women and a 65-year-old Detroit man, who appeared to be drunk, were shouting from the boat, from which loud music was playing.
Restaurant patrons were dining on the outdoor patio, and listened as the man began to shout obscenities at restaurant employees when they told him they would not serve them.
When police officers arrived, the man quickly started the boat and sped away, despite orders to stop. Police officers recorded the boat’s registration numbers, as the women on the boat offered the officers a familiar digital salute.
The boat was subsequently surrounded near the Ambassador Bridge by two Wayne County Sheriff boats, two Coast Guard vessels and a Detroit Police Department boat. A Wyandotte police officer, who was working with the Wayne County Sherriff boat patrol at the time, then piloted the man and the boat back to Wyandotte for verification and for the man to be taken into custody.
At the boat ramp, the man attempted to expose himself so he could empty his bladder, and was dissuaded. He then became non-compliant, and began to resist the police officers present. As a last resort, a spray of chemical deterrent to his face ended the man’s physical non-compliance with the arresting officers.
The man then claimed he was having a heart attack. He was taken to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, where he showed no signs of a cardiac condition, and was treated for the after-effects of the chemical deterrent spray. He was then taken to the police station, where he was booked and held on a felony charge of fleeing and eluding, and resisting and obstructing police officers.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])