ATWATER (CBS/AP) — Authorities say a California official who was yelling about the price of a milkshake at a Foster’s Freeze shop is facing a misdemeanor charge after he challenged a bystander who tried to intercede to a fight.

Atwater Mayor Pro Tem Craig Mooneyham is accused of disturbing the peace in connection with the Jan. 26 incident. He was charged on Monday.

Police say Mooneyham confronted the clerk who sold him the $7 milkshake because he thought the price was too high. The clerk had apparently charged him $1.50 for extra toppings.

According to police, witnesses said when the bystander tried to intervene, Mooneyham challenged him to a fight.

Mooneyham disputes the allegations, telling the Sun-Star the bystander was confrontational. He described the incident as a mutual argument.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
LIVE: Monday through Friday from 3am – 3pm PST

Watch & Listen LIVE