Friday, June 24, 2011

Random Pixels hears ...

...that the brand new Sonic Drive-in burger restaurant in Homestead is owned by former Miami city commissioner Johnny Winton.

The fast food joint opened on June 13 according to The Burger Beast.

Winton gained notoriety in May, 2006 after being arrested at Miami International Airport.

According to a Miami Herald story at the time,
Winton was arrested, then hospitalized, Monday night after a physical scuffle with police that began at a Miami International Airport bar.

Winton , who police say became belligerent after storms delayed his business flight to Houston, fought police so hard he lost his balance and knocked himself to the ground, banging the back of his head on the floor of Concourse E.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Nelda Fonticiella told WFOR-CBS4 that Winton was intoxicated, and that management at the bar had called for help in having him removed.

Police say Winton knocked the two uniformed officers around before he finally tumbled to the ground.

``Elbowed one in the face and then kicked the other one,'' Fonticiella said.

One officer, Fonticiella added, ended up with a chipped tooth.

It was while Winton was attempting the kick that he slipped on the marble floor and fell, hitting his head.

Winton refused medical treatment after his fall, police said, but as a precaution was taken to Ward D at Jackson Memorial Hospital, commonly known as the jail ward, for examination.

He will eventually be taken to the Miami-Dade jail for processing.

Winton faces one count of disorderly conduct and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Fonticiella told CBS4 that as police attempted to take him out of the bar, Winton became belligerent and yelled, ``Don't you know who I am?''

`` Johnny what?'' City Commissioner Angel Gonzalez said when told about Winton 's alleged actions. ``Wow. That's pretty bad. Those are pretty bad charges. I don't know what to say.''
In June, 2007, the Herald reported that Winton's case was resolved when he entered a plea of no contest to "two charges of battery and one of disorderly intoxication, all misdemeanors. Under the plea deal, Winton will serve two years of probation, pay about $2,300 in restitution and court costs."

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