POLICE BLOTTER: Man charged with battery after allegedly punching restaurant employee in face

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

A 'disorderly incident' at Miller's Ale House

A man who was escorted out of a restaurant/bar returned minutes later and punched an employee in the face, according to an arrest report.

On Oct. 17 Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies were called to Millers Ale House on Emerald Coast Parkway to investigate the incident. They were told by witnesses that a man had been escorted off the premises after a "disorderly incident," but returned a few minutes later.

When asked to leave by an employee, the man became angry and punched the employee in the face several times.

Multiple witnesses, including the alleged victim, corroborated this sequence of events.

The man was charged with battery and trespassing. His court date is Nov. 6.

Report: Man tries to run down 2 others when they won't sell him drugs

OKALOOSA ISLAND - Lawmen say a 19-year-old Santa Rosa Beach man tried to run down one man with his car and struck another after they would not sell him drugs.

The incident occurred about 3:45 a.m. at The Stumble Inn on Okaloosa Island. Witnesses told an Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy the suspect, John Douglas Boykin, approached two men at the nightspot and asked them to sell him drugs. When they told him they didn't do drugs, he became angry, started yelling and tried to get them to fight.

Then, they said Boykin got into his car and tried to hit one of the men, at one point chasing him in circles around the parking lot, the arrest report indicated. The other man tried to intervene and Boykin swerved in his direction and struck him, dragging him about 50 feet. 

Other witnesses said Boykin retrieved a "shiny" object and brandished it as a weapon before getting into his car.

Deputies found Boykin in Destin. He said he and a friend were at the Green Frog across the street when two men started yelling at them and wanting to fight. He and his friend got into his car and drove away.

Boykin was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. 

His court date is Dec. 4.