Call of nature costly

Expensive bathroom break for Vernon man and troubling break for Shuswap friend

It was an expensive bathroom break for a Vernon man, and a troubling break for his Shuswap friend.

Vernon RCMP officers were in the parking lot of the Fruit Union Plaza A&W Saturday shortly before 3 a.m. when one of the officers noticed a man urinating on the back door of the restaurant.

The 27-year-old Vernon man was arrested for mischief and being drunk in a public place.

“He was issued a municipal ticket that carries a fine of $200,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

While the officers were arresting the Vernon man, his 27 year-old friend from Blind Bay, near Sorrento, stepped in and started to argue with officers.

“He refused to leave the area after repeated warnings by our officers, and he approached the arresting officers in a threatening manner,” said Molendyk.

He was arrested for obstructing a peace officer, then resisted arrest by putting up a fight.

Officers were able to wrestle the man to ground and get handcuffs on him. He was taken into custody.

The suspect was released on a promise to appear in Vernon Provincial Court at a later date, and is expected to face charges of resisting arrest and obstruction.