ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- A man was arrested for disorderly intoxication at the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix over the weekend, after a witness told a deputy the suspect insisted he was with the Canadian Mounted Police and that he was going to arrest people.
A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy made contact with 48-year-old David Tersigni, who reportedly said he was not allowing people into the north entrance of Englewood Beach, unless they had a blue band.
Tersigni was wearing a green volunteer shirt and was asked by the deputy to leave the beach. Tersigni allegedly became disorderly by yelling and cursing, at which time the deputy could smell alcohol on his breath.
He was then arrested for disorderly intoxication. Tersigni was handcuffed and searched, at which time the deputy reportedly found 1.2 grams of marijuana and rolling papers on him.
Tersigni was then additionally charged with possession of cannabis less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He transported to the Charlotte County Jail without incident.
Tersigni's arrest was one of relatively few incidents at an otherwise smooth event.
"It met and beat all of our expectations," said Jerry York, who organized the Grand Prix.
A spokesperson for Charlotte County Fire/EMS said there were no major injuries reported at the boat race.
People living in Manasota Key were generally pleased with the crowds that showed up in their backyard.
"The crowds that did come were great," said Paula Kaye, who lives in Englewood Beach and watched the race from her home. "They were polite."
Kaye did, however, witness a lone kayaker paddling into the middle of the race course, in the middle of a race.
Kaye took pictures and sent them to WINK News. She said she saw and heard Charlotte County deputies quickly confront the kayaker.
"He came ashore and said, 'Boy, those cops have a bad attitude,'" Kaye recalls. "We couldn't believe it!"
The kayaker was escorted to land, but not arrested.