Groom, Guests Arrested : Seven people arrested in wedding brawl, including ‘groom’

Groom, Guests Arrested : Seven people arrested in wedding brawl, including groom

Seven wedding guests were arrested – including the groom – after a drunken brawl broke out at a reception in the US.

Police in Berks County say 25 officers, two K-9 units and a prisoner transport vehicle were needed to break up a brawl at a wedding reception at the Blue Falls Grove venue Saturday night, the Reading Eagle reported.

Seven people—including the groom—were arrested in the melee, and four officers were hospitalized from injuries sustained while restoring order, according to the New York Daily News.

It reportedly began when one woman punched another for allowing her 14-year-old son to drink alcohol. It quickly went downhill from there.

“The mother of this child ended up punching that woman in the face,” Scott Eaken of the Northern Berks Regional Police Department said, according to WPVT.

When police arrived, it was mayhem: “People were scattered on the grounds, some of them shirtless and bloodied,” officers told the Eagle. The bride, who was later treated for alcohol poisoning, was reportedly on the ground, distressed about the reception ruckus.

The groom, Nicholas Papoutsis, 31, then allegedly challenged officers to a duel.

“I tried reasoning with him, telling him that he didn’t really want to get arrested on his wedding night,” Northern Berks Officer Sean Showalter wrote in an affidavit obtained by The Eagle.

Papoutsis was eventually arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and interfering with the administration of law, court records show.

Officers had to deploy a stun gun on one guest because he was trying to prevent police from coming into the facility, the Daily News reported. That guest also allegedly tried to grab one officer’s groin.

In addition to the bride, the 14-year boy was also treated for alcohol poisoning, the Daily News said. His blood alcohol level was 0.16 percent, police told the publication.

Six guests were also arrested for various charges, including aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. The parents of the intoxicated 14-year-old were charged with furnishing alcohol to minors.