Annual Turtle Release Lands One Man In Handcuffs

An annual event on Topsail Island that draws hundreds to watch turtles being released back into the ocean instead lead to one man being taken away in handcuffs.

Police tell WITN News that hot tempers may have flared due to the heat.

Richard Rodeghier was cited with disorderly conduct.

Police tell WITN News that Rodeghier was walking his bike down a special ramp that is built for organizers to get their vehicles on and off the beach. One organizer asked him to wait while they moved all the cars off the beach, but Rodeghier kept going, even after a police officer told him to wait as well.

Police say as they met Rodeghier at the other end of the ramp with another organizer, he rammed his bike into the organizer, cutting him in the process.

Topsail Beach police cited the 55-year-old Rodeghier and he was released.

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