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Lodi police arrest five in final hour of ZinFest at Lodi Lake on Saturday

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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:28 pm, Wed May 18, 2011.

It was a wild hour between 5 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Lodi Lake, where ZinFest was winding up for the day. There were four events that called for police response to the back side of Lodi Lake, and five were arrested.

The first incident took place at 5 p.m., when two Southern California men were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting arrest as they officers forced them to the ground until back-up officers arrived to place them in custody, according to police Sgt. Chris Jacobson.

Kyle Davis, 21, of Valley Center, and Benjamin Leash, 22, of Anza, tried to pull away from officers, with Leash trying to kick and head-butt an officer, Jacobson said.

A large group surrounding Leash and Davis shouted obscenities at officers, and one officer sprained his ankle while fighting with the suspects, Jacobsen said. A ZinFest visitor threw a wine glass at officers and nearly hit them, police said.

Here are the other three incidents:

  • Steven Hernandez, 30, of Sacramento, was arrested on suspicion of battery on an officer and obstructing police, Jacobson said.
  • Shawn Spontini, 50, of Vacaville, was extremely drunk, getting on and off shuttle buses at the front of the lake and telling people he couldn't find his car, Jacobson said. Spontini had outstanding warrants, including one for drunken driving.
  • Bernard Donahue, 38, of Newark, allegedly punched two women in the face and neck inside the men's room on the back side of the lake. A man who said he saw the incident told officers he wrestled Donahue to the ground until officers arrived.

The two women reportedly used the men's restroom because the women's restroom had a long line, Jacobson said.

Donahue, who claims no recollection of the incident, wasn't arrested on suspicion of assault or battery, Jacobson said, because the women didn't want to file charges against him.

Lodi police had four police officers on duty during what was a very mild, laid-back day on Saturday until the series of incidents began at 5 p.m., Jacobson said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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