POLICE BLOTTER: Lawmen say man let underage pal drink beer, resisted deputy

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

A 23-year-old Miramar Beach man was arrested after he allegedly allowed an 18-year-old to drink beer, then resisted an Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputy who tried to arrest him.

On Nov. 25 the deputy was patrolling the area near Dockside Bar on Destin harbor when he spotted a young man in the company of a woman who'd been issued a notice to appear for possession of alcohol on the premises. The deputy advised the young man to leave the area and not drink until he was of age.

Five minutes later, the deputy walked in front of Dockside Bar and saw the young man standing with an older man. The older man shared a bottle of Coors Light, and the young man took a drink, then quickly handed the bottle back when he spotted the deputy.

The deputy tried to detain the older man but he tensed his arm and tried to pull away. The deputy pushed him up against the wall of the business and got the beer away from him. Then, the man refused to put his hands behind his back and yelled he didn't have to comply because he knew Sheriff Larry Ashley and also because he hadn't been read his Miranda Rights.

He continued resisting until the deputy forced him to the ground. Even then, he wouldn't put his arms behind his back until the deputy threatened to Tase him. Still, he refused to get up and had to be the picked up off the ground.

He was charged with resisting arrest without violence and providing alcohol to a minor. His court date is Dec. 18.