Groom wakes up in jail cell
October 3, 2011
A 45-year-old Reno man pleaded guilty Monday to battery on a police officer, but said he can’t remember any details of the incident that occurred at a Stateline casino where he was celebrating his Labor Day wedding.
“I didn’t think drinking was going to cause me any problems on my honeymoon,” said Brian Von Williams. “I guess it did.”
Williams said he and his wife traveled to Harvey’s on a bus from Reno for their honeymoon. He said he purchased alcohol, but can’t remember much after that.
“I recall calling room service for a blanket. I recall waking up in a jail cell,” Williams said.
Deputies were called by security to the Harvey’s Casino parking lot Sept. 2 for a report of an intoxicated couple. They discovered Williams and his wife who was wearing a wedding dress stained in blood and had a a 2-inch gash on her forehead. She was holding a bouquet of red roses.
“She told me she threw up and whacked her head,” Williams said, explaining the cut.
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Security personnel said Williams allegedly attempted to hit them.
Douglas deputies said Williams took a swing at them despite their warning it could be a felony. The suspect reportedly hit a deputy in the forearm and tried to hit him a second time.
He continued to resist arrest and kicked the deputy until he was handcuffed.
“He knows he was out of control,” said Williams’ attorney, Tod Young. “He drank to the point he can’t recall.”
Young said Williams wrote an apology right after the incident which he gave to Judge Michael Gibbons on Monday.
His client receives $600 a month in disability, and spent $135 for a cab from Reno to Minden on Monday for his court appearance.
“He doesn’t know how he’s getting back to Reno,” Young said. “He made a big effort to be here today.”
Gibbons set sentencing for Nov. 21.
“If I were you, I wouldn’t be drinking,” Gibbons said.
Williams faces up to one year in Douglas County Jail and a $2,000 fine for the gross misdemeanor.