How A Food Fight Turned Into Domestic Battery
A recently published article in WPTV News describes a curious little case that involved throwing food and domestic battery. A man accused of throwing a mustard-covered corn dog that hit his live-in girlfriend during a weekend quarrel faces misdemeanor charges, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.
Fort Pierce police arrested Tommie Lee Mckeliver, 48, on Saturday after his girlfriend told investigators he “got mad at her and threw a paper plate that contained a mustard covered State Fair corn dog on it.” The corn dog crashed into her chest area, leaving her “coated” in mustard.
“(The girlfriend) stunned by the situation then found herself being pushed out of the room, and (the) door locked behind her,” the affidavit states.
The alleged corn dog attack happened shortly before 2 p.m. at an apparent hotel in the 500 block of North Second Street.
Police knocked on the door of the room but got no response. The girlfriend said she could get a spare key from the hotel manager and opened the room. Mckeliver was seated and listening to headphones.
Police asked the accused corn dog chucker for his name.
“(Expletive) you you fat white (expletive) ies ant gunna tell you my name,” Mckeliver is quoted as saying. Mckeliver never supplied police with his name, but an intake deputy at the St. Lucie County jail recognized him.
Mckeliver, of the 500 block of North Second Street, was arrested on misdemeanor charges including domestic battery and resisting without violence.
On a more serious note, domestic violence cases involve charges of assault and battery against a familial relation or a person who lives with you, such as a wife, child, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, or father. Domestic violence is a first-degree misdemeanor, which would result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted.
Many domestic violence cases can be resolved without a criminal record if your criminal defense lawyer has you immediately enroll in an anger management program or battery intervention program (BIP) and refrain from harmful contact with the victim. This can result in the charge being dismissed or “nolle prosed” without a conviction or a criminal record.