Calif. mayor charged for drunken fit over milkshake, report says

Craig Mooneyham, while serving as mayor of Atwater, Calif., allegedly threw a drunken fit over the price of a milkshake ($7) at a local fast-food chain.
CBS Sacramento

(CBS) ATWATER, Calif. - Craig Mooneyham, who was filling in as mayor of Atwater, Calif., is accused of throwing a drunken fit over a $7 milkshake, CBS Sacramento reports.

According to the station, witnesses say the mayor was so mad about having to pay $7 for a banana milkshake, he started cursing and nearly got into a fight.

"He was just throwing the f-bombs and pretty much everything else," Liliana Gracian, an employee of Fosters Freeze, a fast-food chain, told the station.

Mooneyham reportedly swore he was overcharged for extra toppings and flavors.

"...He was really angry, and was like 'you're stealing from me,'" Gracian said.

The station reports Gracian said she could smell alcohol on him.

The Sacramento Bee reports the "milkshake melee" happened Jan. 26.

When other witnesses tried to calm him down, Mooneyham reportedly challenged them to a fight.

Mooneyham drove off before police arrived, but they caught up with him at his home later.

According to the police report, he came to the door wearing a t-shirt and boxers, asked police what was going on, and then asked if he could go inside and get some pants.

The station reports cops say he came back out fully-dressed and then said he had to take a phone call, went inside and locked the door, refusing to come back out.

Mooneyham, who filed papers to run for district supervisor next year, told a local paper he believes the allegations are politically motivated.

The mayor Pro Tem is charged with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. Police say he refused to submit to a field sobriety test when they confronted him at his home, the station reports.