October 4, 2023

The proprietor of Loco Fish Co, Jayme Knight, who was arrested for a DUI final Thursday after the Humboldt County Truthful annual chili cook-off has issued an announcement on the incident involving alleged homophobic feedback and a field of broken meals

“I’m sorry for utilizing language that was hurtful,” he wrote in a ready assertion on the Loco Fish Co. Fb web page.

Thomas Nicholson Stratton, co-owner of the Foggy Bottoms Boys along with his husband Cody, famous in an interview with the Occasions-Normal earlier this week that staff of their firm heard a stream of homophobic remarks directed towards them in the course of the chili cookoff on the truthful that grew worse over time. Later, the police have been known as after Knight allegedly ran over a field of meals by the Foggy Bottoms Boys chili station, which was subsequent to the Loco Fish Co. station.

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Knight’s arrest on grounds of driving underneath the affect by a bicycle officer on patrol on the fairgrounds adopted the decision from truthful safety a couple of Chevy pickup backing up into property close to the grandstands.

“He instantly noticed the indicators of intoxication, purple eyes, slurred speech, unsteady stability,” mentioned Ron Sligh, Ferndale Police Division’s chief. A number of witnesses recognized Knight as driving a car, mentioned Sligh, who famous that Knight refused a breathalyzer take a look at on the scene. A warrant was issued for a blood take a look at afterward, the outcomes of that are pending.

Six Rivers Brewery and the Foggy Bottoms Boys, whose cooks and house owners are pictured, partnered on the cookoff., the place one other enterprise proprietor allegedly used anti-gay slurs and backed a automobile into their gear. (Sage Alexander/Occasions-Normal) 

Knight additionally mentioned within the Fb submit that operating over the field of meals owned by Foggy Bottoms Boys was unintentional. Sligh mentioned the report lists injury to the property at round $100 to $140.

A separate case has been opened as an investigation of a possible hate crime as a result of broken property and reported anti-gay remarks. The remarks have been reported to the division after the arrest and Sligh mentioned that the police have been involved with the Foggy Bottoms Boys and witnesses.

Knight famous within the submit that he’s stepping away from the corporate for rehab as a possibility to “study and develop” and his “actions have been inappropriate attributable to alcohol.”

Knight was arrested by the Ferndale Police Division at 6:20 p.m., about 20 minutes after police have been known as, for driving underneath the affect. He was launched round 11 p.m. later within the night, in keeping with the Humboldt County jail launch sheet. Courtroom data state Knight pleaded responsible to a DUI in 2019.