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Nine alcohol incidents mar Ripon festival

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POSTED February 26, 2014 1:03 a.m.

The Ripon Almond Festival was marred by nine alcohol-related incidents of adults being drunk and disorderly. 

The incidents ranged from one man being injured at the end of an annual golf tournament to others in a bar and two more being arrested after they left a beer garden at the Ripon Community Center.

Dennis Carey, 36, of Ripon, was arrested on felony assault charges for causing severe head injuries to a 38-year-old victim at the Ripon Quarterback Club’s annual fund raising golf tournament Friday afternoon. He was released by deputies on a citation from the San Joaquin County Jail, according to Ripon Police.

Carey allegedly hit and choked his victim who reportedly lost consciousness on the last hole of tournament play. Four Ripon officers responded. The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

The Quarterback Club’s Beers & Brats beer garden set up at the Community Center was allegedly the source of other alcohol related incidents on Saturday. Shortly after 6 p.m. witnesses reported seeing a driver stumbling to his car at Palm Avenue and Fourth Street and then drive across a lawn on Fir Court blocks away.

Officers Erik Boger and Leroy Sanchez arrested Robin MacDonald, 57, of Hughson on DUI charges. They transported him to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp where he was booked.

At 8 p.m. Saturday night First Sgt. Steve Merchant found an individual walking at Stockton Avenue and Fourth Street who was swaying with slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Matthew Sonsky, 28, of Ripon allegedly threw a burning object toward the open window of a patrol car – a lit cigarette. Sonsky was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail on a charge of being drunk and disorderly.

The Main Street Inn – a bar in the 100 block of East Main Street – was the site of an “alcohol fueled fist fight” shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday, police said. Oscar De Santiago, 23, of Ripon was detained with a complaint being forwarded to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

A second fight broke out minutes before 9 p.m. when after one man bumped into another causing him to spill a beer. A witness told police that words were exchanged and the two men began to fight with it escalating into a chain reaction domino effect involving others in the crowded bar, officers said.

When police arrived at the scene they reportedly found several subjects with minor injuries who could not identify who had hit them. Others including the responsibles had already left the bar and could not be interviewed by officers, police said.

Sean Cerveny, 20, of Manteca, was not involved in the fight but was pushed outside the bar by the bouncers where he was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail for public intoxication and for underage drinking, according to the report. 

Earlier in the afternoon Saturday Bryan Behling, 58, of Ripon was also booked into county jail for being drunk and disorderly. He was found at 3 p.m. allegedly banging on a neighbor’s door, yelling, unsteady and slurring his words at the apartments in the 100 block of Robert Avenue.

Also on Saturday afternoon Sonny Garza, 31, of Ripon was booked into county jail for a previous domestic dispute case.

Shortly after midnight Sunday Officer Paul Rourick spotted a man stumbling on the sidewalk on the Main Street overcrossing above Highway 99 with signs of being intoxicated. Roy Slikker, a 39-year-old transient, was taken into custody for public intoxication and for a traffic warrant. He, too, was taken to county jail, police said.

Police said they also detained two juveniles in an orchard near the carnival grounds at Mistlin Park where they were offering marijuana for sale.

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