Sometimes you just can’t make stuff like this up. In an ugly ending to a day that began all happy and gay, an Ohio mayor and his same-sex husband were both arrested after fisticuffs broke out after both were hitting the sauce at a Cincinnati pride parade.
Police responded to calls from neighbors after a violent domestic battle erupted, reportedly over an argument over who was too drunk to drive after the parade. The coverage has brought embarrassment upon the tiny burg of Elmwood Place which may want to consider start considering a recall.
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Via The Cincinnati Enquirer, “Police: Elmwood Place mayor, maintenance supervisor arrested after drunken fight at home”:
Elmwood Place’s mayor and his husband, who is the village’s maintenance supervisor, made court appearances Monday following their arrests after what police describe as a drunken fight.
Court documents said Mayor Bill Wilson, 48, and his husband Bill Smith, 60, engaged in a “mutual combat fight” after an argument that started regarding leaving Cincinnati Pride on Saturday.
Wilson was given a $10,000 bond, which he paid out on Monday. Smith is due back in court on July 2. Temporary restraining orders have been filed against both men for the domestic violence charges.
Both men have been charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct charges. Wilson also faces two counts each of obstructing official business and resisting arrest. Police said Wilson ran from police twice. Once, Wilson tried to walk away in handcuffs after being examined by medical personnel.
Officers responded to the couple’s Maple Street house around 8 p.m. after Wilson called police, court documents said. According to an affidavit, Wilson called police and it was clear that “something was very wrong.”
Elmwood Place Police Sgt. Rob McConnell’s affidavit said that when police arrived, Wilson was on the sidewalk with clear injuries to his face. Wilson pointed to Smith and said “arrest him,” documents said. Police said Smith had a bloody face, bloody elbow and glass all over his back.
The two then began to argue and Smith was placed in the back of a police cruiser for creating a disturbance, documents said.
Police said Wilson screamed and yelled at his neighbors and tried to enter his house, but police told him it was an active crime scene. He then tried to flee the scene and actively resisted arrest, police said.
LGBTQ website Queerty had the following advice: The moral of the story: If you’re going to be drinking all day at Pride, take an Uber. Also, violence is never the answer.