An Arlington police officer who allegedly interfered with an arrest while on vacation in Key West, Fla., faces an investigation by his own department, Chief Fred Ryan confirmed Saturday, Nov. 3.
Michael Wesley, 42, on the force for eight years and due to return to his department this week, will be investigated internally for his role in events of Oct. 30. An online Florida news source reported Wesley was drunk in Key West and was not charged in connection with the arrest of a woman.
"I am very concerned about the allegations," Chief Ryan wrote in an email, "and we are taking the matter very seriously.
"The conduct described is not representative of the fine women and men of the APD [Arlington Police Department]. The matter will be thoroughly investigated, and the officer will be held accountable.
"I have communicated with the Key West Police Chief to offer an apology on behalf of the entire APD, and he is comfortable that this matter will be handled administratively through my office."
Key West Police Chief Donie Lee told the local news source that his officers have "wide latitude" in making arrests but said he would have arrested Wesley.
Keysnet.com reported that Officer David Kouri said the fracas happened around 1 a.m. at United and Reynolds streets.
The news report said that, as Key West police were placing Wesley's companion, Angela Henry, into protective custody because she was intoxicated, Wesley said he is a police officer and Wesley put his hand on Officer Thomas Clark's chest.
The report says Wesley then made a phone call to Ernie DeLoach, a retired Key West police officer who he said is a friend. DeLoach spoke to Officer Anna Dykes, who was at the scene, and told her to "do what you have to do," according to the police report.
Once Henry was in the patrol car, Wesley continued to stand directly in front of our car and yell vulgarities at police, the news account said, quoting a police report.
That prompted Kouri to try to handcuff Wesley -- at one point even drawing his Taser -- and he allegedly resisted.
Kouri then contacted the Arlington Police Department to confirm Wesley's employment.
The news account said Kouri reported that Arlington Lt. Ronald Kerr was apologetic and would assist in any way possible.
The news report said Kouri told Wesley he wasn't going to be charged.
This story was published at noon Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, and updated two days later to add a Boston.com link.