How Unlucky Can One Be?

A few words of advice for other underage intoxicated youths teetering around at a county fair: steer clear of the police booth...

A drunken teen stumbling through the fair on Monday night knocked over one display he should have avoided – the one belonging to Berwick Police.

"Of all the vendors, he runs into the only police trailer here," said Sgt. Michael Monico, who ended up wrestling the teen to the ground in front of a crowd of about 40.

The teen had been trying to slip between vendors' booths to cross from one boulevard to another. Around 8 p.m., he bumped into Cpl. Kodac, a wooden cutout that serves as the police dog mascot of Berwick's policing program, Monico said. The cutout crashed to the ground in the middle of the midway.

Monico collared the 19-year-old, who was heading toward the free stage nearby, sat him down in the tent he had installed beside the trailer, and called fair security.

"I'm on the phone with security, and he jumped up and tried to push me out of the way so he could run," Monico said. "He didn't make it one foot."

Monico threw his phone down and wrestled the young suspect to the ground, then cuffed him while his volunteer helper, Brent Fedder, helped hold the teen's kicking feet.

A crowd of vendors and fairgoers quickly gathered around, cheering them on, Monico said.

--Quick response--

Meanwhile, about eight security personnel – mostly retired police officers and state troopers – rushed to the scene, Monico said.

The dispatcher for security had heard Monico's voice suddenly cut off during his call. Monico hadn't had time to explain what was going on, so the dispatcher sent emergency help.

"They were here in minutes," Monico said. "And for how busy things were, that's impressive."

Monico said he found vodka mixed in a Gatorade bottle on the teen.
I think if the kid had accidentally knocked over the Internal Revenue Service information display instead, he may have received applause instead of cuffs.


Note: Unfortunately, this story is from a newspaper that restricts articles to subscribers, so I am unable to provide a link.


angelcel said...

Well *that'll* give him something to tell his friends! :D

J. J. in Phila said...

It reminds me of the NYC mugger who mugged a priest. The priest was the brother of an organized figure. :)

Natalie said...

I'll have to share that story with my husband since he wants to work the State Fair next year with a few fellow officer buddies. Good times!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"vodka mixed in a Gatorade bottle"

I'll have to remember that one.

Except, for sure I'd be the one knocking over the sheriff's display. And apologizing, getting myself in much deeper.

Okay, just a Cotton Candy, please.