Thursday, April 5, 2007

From the twit of the day files...

Yep, I would say this guy definitely wins the coveted 'Twit of the day' award. From Ohio, drumroll please...

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Firefighter caught in bikini
Family visiting park gets shock

MASON – A Wayne Township volunteer firefighter is scheduled to appear Thursday in Mason Municipal Court on drunken driving and other charges after he was found wearing a woman’s blond wig and bikini in a public park.

Steven S. Cole, 46, Waynesville, was arrested about 5 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Oak Park off U.S. 42 after Mason police received a report of an intoxicated man. Cole was charged with drunken driving, having an open container, public indecency and disorderly conduct.

He did not respond to calls Wednesday for comment.

Cole was arrested after a Mason father enjoying the balmy spring weather at the park spotted him and called police.

“It was like this freak show,” said Troy Harphant, 35. “I was a little taken by surprise by what I’d seen there. It was out of place with what should have been going on over there, that’s for sure.”

Harphant was at the park with his wife, Wendy, as they watched their daughter, Hayley, 6, zip around on a bike path on her pink Barbie Princess scooter.

At least 100 other adults and children also were at the park, Harphant said.

Harphant said he saw what appeared to be a naked person on the bike path, fondling or exposing himself or herself. The person seemed to be scared off moments later by a jogger.

Harphant then said he saw the bikini-clad person hop into a parked blue Ford F-150 pickup truck with red emergency lights on top and he realized the person was a man.

“My wife said, “It’s a lady,’ and I was like, ‘No, it’s not a lady,’ ” Troy Harphant said.

He then followed the truck as it drove around the park – including by the children’s playground - and called police on his cell phone.

“There’s a man out here dressed up in a wig and women’s two-piece bikini freaking people out in the park,” he told a 911 dispatcher. “It’s inappropriate and I’d like somebody to come check this guy out. The guy is actually trying to leave the park now.”

Mason Police Officer Scott Miller pulled the truck over. His report states: “I observed Cole to be wearing a very skimpy woman’s … bikini with two tan water balloons taped to the top to simulate two woman’s breasts and a pair of pink Speedo flip-flop sandals.”

Cole was unsteady and twice fell against the truck, Miller reported. Cole also fumbled through his wallet and handed him a debit card and a credit card when asked for his driver’s license.

The officer looked through the wallet but could not find his driver’s license, although Cole did provide a Social Security Number.

“I asked Cole what he was doing wearing a woman’s bikini at the park where families frequent,” Miller wrote. “Cole did state he was headed to a ‘gay bar’ in Dayton to perform as a woman for a $10,000 prize."

As the two spoke, Miller reported smelling alcohol on Cole, who also had slurred speech.

Police found an open, half-empty 40-ounce bottle of Budweiser in Cole’s truck. They also found a black gym bag with more blond wigs, women’s bikinis, long silver go-go boots and other women’s garments.

Cole’s blood-alcohol test registered 0.174, more than twice Ohio’s legal limit of 0.08.

Wayne Township officials did not agree to interviews but issued a statement Wednesday saying Cole would be placed on administrative leave while the case continues. Cole has been a volunteer firefighter with the township since August 2000.

“Wayne Township does not condone the accused activities related to this incident,” according to the statement signed by Donald “Gus” Edwards, trustee president, and Fire Chief Paul Scherer. “We expect our employees, that are providing a service to the community, to be good honest, reputable citizens.”

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