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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Former Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams' son stun gunned in Florida

May 13, 2011
CBC News

There are reports that the son of former premier Danny Williams was shot with a stun gun after an incident at a Florida night club last month.

Daniel Mark Williams, 35, was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a bouncer at a bachelor party.

The Globe and Mail is reporting that he took ten swings at the security guard after he was asked to leave the bar for arguing with several people.

The report says when Williams resisted arrest, officers had to use a taser.

Williams was charged with simple battery, disorderly conduct and obstructing or resisting an officer without violence following an incident, the sheriff's office in Pinellas County says.

Williams was arrested by police at Treasure Island, a resort community near St. Petersburg, after an altercation at a sports bar.

The St. John's Telegram reported Thursday that Williams ran into trouble at the Gators Sports Bar, and refused to leave the bar when requested.

Lt. Armand Boudreau told the Telegram that Williams is accused of punching a security guard at the bar 10 times.

Williams paid $800 in a bond and was released within hours.

Police in Treasure Island told CBC News that the incident is not unusual. The allegations against Williams are not considered particularly serious, as they are misdemeanour charges.

Speaking with CBC News on Thursday, Williams said he could not comment on specific details of the case.

He said, though, that he was with close friends during a wedding trip to Florida, and that "the charges result from a misunderstanding with the bar staff."

He said he could not comment further until the issue is resolved.

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