It’s Cop vs Biker, Warthog vs Outlaw in Ohio Bike Gang Confrontation

A Sandusky police officer – and alleged motorcycle club member – is engaged in a very public brouhaha with members of a rival motorcycle club over an incident in an Ohio bar.

The Aug. 16 incident at Margaritaville bar which started the trouble began when Sandusky Officer Mel Burns reportedly confronted members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club after Burns said he got a phone call from Bob Laws, a fellow member of the Warthogs Motorcycle Club. During that call, Laws told Burns seven or eight Outlaws members tried to start a fight with him. Burns later approached some Outlaws members at the bar.

According to the report Burns filed after the incident and the complaint from Laws:

“Once they were conversed with and advised of the complaint (I) left the area,” his report said.

Outlaws member Christian Miller saw the confrontation with Burns in a different light and later filed a citizens complaint against Burns.

“A member of the Warthogs was winking and blowing me kisses,” Miller wrote. “After two or three minutes, I approached him and told him I wasn’t sure what his problem was, but he had better stop.”

According to Miller, officer Burns walked up to him and bumped him with his shoulder.

“(Burns) said ‘I heard you boys gotta problem with one of my boys,’” Miller said. “I replied ‘I haven’t talked to a cop, unless your boy is a Warthog.’”

Miller said he then asked officer Burns if he was a member of the Warthogs, and Burns told him, “Maybe,” and added ‘You know who the (expletive) I am and you better keep your boys on a leash.’

It remains unclear what criminal charges authorities may pursue against Burns, but Sandusky Police Lt. John Orzech said he is conducting an internal investigation for administrative purposes.

Sandusky Police Chief Jim Lang said he has asked the Erie County Sheriff’s office to perform an outside investigation as well.

Authorities say the sheriff’s investigation might result in criminal charges against Burns. Burns was placed on paid administrative leave shortly after the incident and is awaiting resolution of the charges.

Burns was previously demoted from lieutenant to officer in 2008 after an incident at a Put-in-Bay bar. Burns was off duty at the time of that incident and a jury cleared him of any criminal charges.  An outside investigation conducted later convinced then-chief of police Kim Nuesse to demote Burns.

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