It wasn’t a good weekend for Maryland police officers stopping over in Miami-Dade County.
Two officers with the Prince George’s County Police Department near Washington were arrested in unrelated incidents over the weekend.
Steven Pascal, 27, was arrested at Miami International Airport at about 3 p.m. Sunday on an out-of-state warrant, according to Miami-Dade County police. Officials told FOX 5 DC that Pascal, who was returning from a trip to Mexico, had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. While Pascal was away in Mexico, she filed a warrant for assault and reckless endangerment with Anne Arundel County police last week. (The county seat is Annapolis.)
As of Monday night, Pascal was still being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, awaiting a court hearing to be extradited to Maryland.
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In a separate incident early Monday morning, another officer with the same Maryland department, Charles Williams, was arrested in Miami Beach after trying to interfere with the arrest of several people who were fighting.
According to Miami Beach police, Williams walked up to police at about 2:30 a.m. as they were arresting a man and a woman after a fight broke out on the 900 block of Ocean Drive. Williams pulled out his badge, indicating he was also a police officer, but Miami Beach police insisted he leave the scene of the arrest.
Williams stayed, trying to reach the woman who was being arrested, and then took an “aggressive fighting stance” with a balled up fist, Miami Beach police said. A Miami Beach police officer responded, taking down Williams, hitting him in the upper chest and sweeping his feet out from under him.
Williams was arrested on charges of resisting an officer without violence and was later released on bond Monday.
Prince George’s County police said both officers will be suspended from work when they return to Maryland.