August 31, 2016 - 1:32 PM
PENTICTON - An Elton John song must have been on the minds of several individuals in Penticton as RCMP had their hands full refereeing several fist fights in the city this past weekend.
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says police were called to Penticton Lakeside Resort after reports of a fight involving about a dozen people on Saturday evening, Aug. 27.
Police arrived to see a group of people quickly disperse. A short time later calls were received of a fight on Winnipeg Street with the assailants using roman candles to target each other. The men were rounded up by police, only to discover the fighting was all in jest.
Police then responded to two men fighting in front of Jeffers Fryz. Witness accounts described one man throwing his poutine at another, with the second man punching the poutine thrower in the nose. Other witnesses claimed the man throwing the punch was instigator, with the man eating poutine simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The man who threw the punch was arrested and jailed, after a search revealed drugs on his person.
A man who tried to stop a fight outside the Barking Parrot received a punch to the head for his troubles. He was taken to hospital because of the blow to the head, and his high level of intoxication.
Police then attended The Mule Nightclub where a man was found bleeding after being hit in the head with a beer bottle. He was unable to identify the assailant, who had left the scene.
Police also responded to Main Street and Nanaimo Avenue, where a man was randomly punched in the head by another man, landing heavily on the sidewalk. He was taken to hospital.
The suspect was identified by a woman who witnessed the event and knew the assailant. Investigation continues, as police suspect a connection between the attack and the altercation in front of the Barking Parrot earlier in the evening.
Finally, police were called back to The Mule Nightclub to break up a fight between two other men fighting later on Sunday morning, Aug. 28.
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