Saturday, April 7, 2007

DRUNK FIREMAN ARRESTED AS WOMAN

A man wearing a woman's wig and a string bikini has been charged with taking a drunken afternoon romp through a park in Ohio, in the United States, officials said. Steven Cole, a 46-year-old volunteer firefighter, told an officer he was on his way to a bar to perform as a woman in a contest offering a $10,000 prize, the arrest report said. He pleaded not guilty today to charges of drunken driving, public indecency and disorderly conduct. Cole was arrested Tuesday after police received a report that an intoxicated man was walking and driving around Heritage Oak Park in Mason. Police said Cole was wearing a blond wig, pink thongs and a red-black-and-white striped bikini with the top filled out by tan water balloons. His blood-alcohol test registered 0.174, more than twice Ohio's legal driving limit of 0.08, the arrest report said. "He is obviously humiliated and embarrassed by the entire situation," said Cole's lawyer, Charlie Rittgers, who added that he is investigating the circumstances that led to the arrest. Cole did not return a call seeking comment. He remained free on his own recognisance until trial, set for May 24. Cole has been a Wayne Township firefighter since 2000. Township officials said he will be placed on administrative leave.

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