The Site Six launch ramp is a popular venue for holiday boaters. But according to the Lake Havasu City Police Department, the ramp has also become a gathering spot in recent years for hecklers and distractive behavior as boaters return their watercraft to shore.
According to police, past crowds have hurled insults – and empty cans of alcohol – at boaters as they arrived at the launch ramp. On July 4, officers maintained a presence at Site Six to control the inevitable crowd.
At about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a crowd of more than 100 people began to gather at the location, many of whom had open containers of alcohol.
Police informed the crowd that disruptive behavior, and attempts to distract arriving boaters, would not be tolerated. The group was also told that any open containers of alcohol would need to be discarded. The officers’ statements were met with “boos” from the crowd, according to the report, and several people in the crowd told officers that they were “ruining the fun” of the launch ramp.
Officers spoke with several members of the crowd individually, and told them to empty their open containers of alcohol. One member of the crowd allegedly refused to comply.
According to police, California resident Curtis A. Hoebel, 58, was told to dump out his can of beer. Instead of complying, police say Hoebel asked why he should empty his beverage, sipping from it throughout their conversation. Hoebel was warned that he would be arrested on charges of consuming alcohol in public if he did not comply. According to police, Hoebel replied, “OK, take me to jail.”
Police were in the process of placing Hoebel in handcuffs when Hoebel allegedly took another sip from his can of beer. According to the report, an officer knocked Hoebel’s can out of his hand, which landed on the ground nearby.
At that time, another man at the scene became upset, allegedly believing that officers had thrown Hoebel’s beer can at him. California resident Loren J. Borski, 43, allegedly approached officers in an aggressive manner as he shouted at one officer. Additional officers arrived at the scene, and Borski was also taken into custody.
Hoebel was arrested on charges of consuming liquor in public. Borski was charged with disorderly conduct. Both men were transported to Lake Havasu City Jail without further incident.