Dolton police officer arrested at Portage restaurant

2013-08-29T14:30:00Z 2013-08-30T00:32:06Z Dolton police officer arrested at Portage restaurantTimes Staff
August 29, 2013 2:30 pm  • 

PORTAGE | A Dolton police officer was arrested Wednesday on a public intoxication charge after created a disturbance in the bar of a local restaurant.

Paul Ganier, 49, of Dolton was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

A Portage police officer was working off-duty at Quaker Steak and Lube, 6245 Ameriplex Drive, and reported hearing a man shouting in the bar about 7 p.m.

Police said Ganier repeatedly shouted something that was not understandable.

The officer said Ganier's shouting caught the attention of many patrons, so he went the bar and found Ganier with his arms in the air, a beer in one hand, continuing to shout.

The officer took Ganier outside to ask why he was shouting. According to police Ganier was offering to buy beer for everyone at the bar.

Police said he was unsteady walking to the parking lot and the officer could smell alcohol on his breath.

Portage police said when they asked for identification they learned he was a Dolton police officer.

Police said Ganier was allowed to call someone to provide him a ride home, which is the policy for patrons who are too intoxicated to drive, but not causing a problem.

Police said Ganier did not want to call his wife, a friend or anyone from his department to pick him up.

Police told him their only other option was to arrest him.

According to the police report, the officer tried to reason with Ganier for about 15 minutes, but he didn't want to call anyone.

According to Portage police, Ganier said, "I'm just a black man," at which time he was told his race was not an issue. He was then placed under arrest.

A bartender told police that Ganier was shouting disparaging remarks about Harley Davidson and Victory motorcycles, and because it was bike night at the restaurant, he caught the attention of other patrons at the bar.

Police said Ganier had a blood alcohol concentration of .22, more than twice the legal limit. Police confiscated his 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun and impounded his car.

A call to the Dolton police chief's office for comment was not returned.

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