Philadelphia Cops Arrested in Drunken Fight with Florida Deputy at Bar
51-year-old retired Philadelphia police officer Paul Seeger, along with his wife Cindy Caine, 44, who is also a Philadelphia cop were both arrested for fighting with a sheriff's deputy. Additionally, a third Philadelphia cop was arrested in the scuffle, that cop is identified as Frank Bonett, 44.
The incident took place at the Crabby Bill’s Restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, on April 30 at 11 p.m. Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the business after receiving a report of a domestic battery.
When deputies arrived they found Seeger pushing his wife. The deputy approached the couple as they argued. Seeger allegedly walked away as the deputy told him multiple times to stop.
When the deputy grabbed Seeger’s arm, he resisted while Caine pushed the deputy’s arm away.
Bonett then approached the deputy, threatened him, removed his shirt, clenched his fists and began cursing at him, according to ABC Philadelphia.
Police say both Seeger and Bonett continued to approach the deputy in an angry and hostile manner despite more warnings. The deputy then used an electronic control weapon on Seeger but it was ineffective, according to investigators.
Seeger then allegedly took a combative stance but the deputy managed to take him down to the ground, leading to a violent struggle between the two. Seeger was eventually handcuffed and taken into custody, police said. Responding deputies also arrested Bonett and Caine.
Seeger is charged with domestic battery and resisting an officer with violence. Caine is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer while Bonett is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.
Police believe alcohol played a role in the incident. Caine and Seeger were also allegedly uncooperative during the investigation. The Philadelphia cops were off duty at the time of the altercation.
The Philadelphia Police Department says:
"We are aware of the arrests of two off-duty Philadelphia Police Officers in Pinellas County, FL. We are continuing to gather information about the incident from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and will release a statement in the near future.”