Groom Hits on Pregnant Server, Brawl Ensues

Jailed newlywed tried to make waitress drink liquor, she says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2014 10:20 AM CDT
Groom Hits on Pregnant Server, Brawl Ensues
A groom was jailed after a floating wedding reception gone wrong.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A wedding bash on a Pittsburgh boat over the weekend went terribly wrong, ending with the arrests of an off-duty state trooper, a local school board member, and the groom himself, with the bride standing forlornly on the curb as they were taken away. The reported reason for the chaos: Newlywed Mark Williams, 33, allegedly hit on a waitress, touching her side and torso, and tried to pour liquor down her throat—even though she told him she was pregnant, according to a criminal complaint cited by WXPI. The server called her boyfriend from the party, and when the boat pulled up at the dock, he was there waiting to confront Williams.

When police arrived at the scene of the fracas, they encountered two men covered in blood, reports CBS Pittsburgh. Also participating in the melee were David Williams—an off-duty trooper and the groom's brother—and Brian Taylor, a member of the wedding party and the local Sto-Rox school board, who police say punched out a car window and screamed he was HIV-positive as they took him into custody. Mark Williams was charged with harassment, rioting, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, while his brother and Taylor were charged with rioting, resisting arrest, and assaulting Pittsburgh police, reports (A recent New Jersey wedding ended with a 300-person brawl.)

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