Police don't like man's stage presence at Valparaiso festival

2012-07-05T18:00:00Z 2012-07-06T08:33:06Z Police don't like man's stage presence at Valparaiso festivalBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
July 05, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Mayor Jon Costas and the members of the Craw Puppies band didn’t miss a beat when a man tried to join them on stage Wednesday night during their rendition of “Mustang Sally.”

Police said the man was not only intoxicated, but he was carrying a knife at the Valparaiso Fourth of July festivities at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Police said they were approached by a person who said a man had fallen off his bicycle near the sound board but was now on the stage.

Police said they approached the man, who was sitting on the west side of the stage while the band and Costas were playing “Mustang Sally.”

Police said William Ploehn, 30, of Valparaiso, also was singing “Mustang Sally” when officers approached him to remove him from the stage.

Police said Ploehn reached into his front pocket and pulled out a knife. An officer took the knife from Ploehn and placed him in handcuffs.

A portable breath test showed Ploehn registered a blood-alcohol content more than four times the legal limit.

Ploehn told officers he knew one of the members of the band but didn’t know his full name.

"The fellow was sitting on the stage, and I thought he knew one of the band members, until the police ran up," Costas said Thursday. "He apparently he had no reason to be on stage."

Costas, a seasoned guitarist and singer quipped, “Perhaps my questionable musical talents have that affect on some people.”

Ploehn was arrested on an initial charge of public intoxication.

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