Man objects to $20 drink, loses scrap with officers |

Man objects to $20 drink, loses scrap with officers

William Ferchland

A 19-year-old Gardnerville man was placed into custody by authorities after he refused to pay for a $20.50 drink at Zephyr Cove Beach, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

Christopher Robertson walked into the beach’s bar Friday and ordered an L.A. Water. Robertson said he thought the cocktail was $6 and balked when the bartender said it was $20.50, the deputy said.

When the bartender said he had to pay, Robertson revealed he was underage. The two disputed as to whether Robertson showed a fake ID stating he was 22 years old before ordering the drink, the deputy said.

When security escorted him out, Robertson allegedly tried to hit the officer and was taken to the ground, the deputy said. Later, a woman stating she was Robertson’s girlfriend gave the deputy Robertson’s blue jeans and sandals. A white and green metal pipe was found in one of the jeans’ pockets, the deputy said. Robertson was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia along with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

At Tahoe Township Justice Court on Tuesday, Robertson, who was out of jail, waited to give a plea until he could speak with an attorney. A Sept. 14 court date was assigned.

In other news:

— An unidentified man was transported by CalStar helicopter Tuesday afternoon to Washoe Medical Center in Reno for injuries sustained from a crash along Highway 50 at Cave Rock, authorities said.

The single-vehicle accident occurred on the west end of Cave Rock. Traffic in the eastbound lane of Highway 50 was closed temporarily to allow for the helicopter to land.

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