May 24, 2009
Punta Gorda, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- A wedding reception brawl over marijuana turned physical earlier this month landing the groom, the best man and the father of the bride in jail.
According to Punta Gorda police, the wedding party was celebrating at a local hotel when the bride, groom and best man stepped into an elevator bound for the top-floor festivities. But when the elevator doors opened, the fight was on.
Investigators say the fight began when the bride and best man began arguing over marijuana. When the best man slapped the bride, the groom (who is the best man's brother) began throwing punches in retaliation... Before it was all over, even the bride's father stepped in to get a punch off.
Police say officers were forced to use pepper spray to bring the brawling brothers under control.
The three men were booked into the Charlotte County Jail May 10th on the following charges.
Jason Brian Hartzell, 32 - disorderly intoxication in a public place and resisting arrest. Bond was set at $1500 in his case.
James Bradley Hartzell, 35 - Battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT, resisting arrest with violence and disorderly intoxication in public. Bond was set at $11,000.
Marlon Runkle, 58 - resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication in public. Bond was set at $1,500.
The Weekly Vice
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