A Tri-City lawyer spent a night in jail this weekend after allegedly harassing golfers from the back porch of his Canyon Lakes home and fighting with three of them.
Rob McMillen refused to talk to Kennewick police when they came to his house just before 8 p.m. Sunday, telling the officers to get a warrant and threatening to sue the department, a police spokesman said.
Officers wanted to talk to him after receiving several phone calls complaining about a group of men "making derogatory comments" and hitting golf balls from the patio of McMillen's West 38th Avenue home at golfers along the 17th hole, spokesman Mike Blatman told the Herald.
Blatman said the first call was from a man and woman at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, near the 17th tee, who left because they feared being assaulted by a group of men on a nearby back patio.
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Calls then came in from a golf course employee and a man who said he'd been golfing with two male friends when they were taunted by men who were "being aggressive toward them."
When the golfers told the group to "knock it off" and called one a "dumbass," two men left the house and went onto the golf course and started fighting, according to a Kennewick police report filed in Benton County District Court.
The rest of the group including McMillen, 39, also went on the course, and McMillen allegedly put two of the golfers in a headlock during the scuffle, one man reported to police. The golfers told officers the men involved had been drinking, according to police.
Blatman said two of the golfers suffered minor injuries from the scuffle, but nothing that warranted hospitalization.
The golf course employee told officers that after hearing the complaints, he contacted McMillen at his home. The employee said McMillen admitted to being involved in a disturbance and allegedly told him, "We took care of business."
When police knocked on McMillen's front door, he "was not happy to see officers there and slammed the door in the officers' face and told them to get a warrant," Blatman said.
Other officers walked along the neighbor's property to the back yard and tried to talk with McMillen, but he screamed about getting a warrant "and that he would be suing the police department," Blatman said.
Officers reportedly made the call to a Benton County Superior Court judge to get a search warrant. The officers were waiting in front of the home for the warrant when McMillen walked outside with another man, two women and two children.
He was arrested in his driveway at 9:12 p.m., according to Blatman and the court documents.
Blatman said McMillen then cooperated with police.
McMillen, a bankruptcy attorney, was booked into the Benton County jail at 10:10 p.m. on charges of assault, a gross misdemeanor, and maintaining a public nuisance. He posted $750 bail and was released at 6:10 a.m. Monday, jail records show.
He was the only person arrested.