JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A fight involving a large crowd ended with a "knock down, drag out, fist fight" between a sailor and a police officer, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report.
According to police, 25-year-old Brian Bethea, who lists his employer as the United States Navy, was part of a large crowd of people involved in a fight at Whisky River early Sunday morning.
As police attempted to break up the crowd, Bethea lunged at and began punching a man who was part of the crowd, according to the report.
Police grabbed Bethea and began to pull him away from the crowd but Bethea pushed officers away from him, according to police.
According to the report, the officers were dressed in uniform and asked Bethea to "calm down and step outside."
As they stepped towards Bethea to escort him outside, he tried to punch one of the deputies, according to the report
Bethea and the officer "exchanged punches in a knock down, drag out, fist fight," the report says.
When other officers arrived, the report says, Bethea realized he was fighting police officers and stopped.
According to the report, Bethea told officers he did not initially realize he was fighting with police officers and told them the only reason he punched the police officer is because the officer punched him first.
Bethea was arrested and charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. He was released on $5,003 bond Sunday evening.
During the fight with Bethea the officer suffered a bloody nose, according to the report.
First Coast News