An Air Force colonel who was unable to handle the raging intensity of a Boy George concert last week in Kettering, Ohio, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after attempting to rush the stage.
Col. Mark Eugene Muth, 57, assigned to the command surgeon general’s office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, was taken into custody Sept. 5 by Kettering Police for allegedly “causing a disturbance by shoving people in an attempt to get closer to the stage area," according to the Dayton Daily News.
When the heavenly glow emanating from the legendary 1980s star simply became too much to bear, Muth reportedly charged ahead, perhaps in an effort to finally show the world that all those karaoke performances of “I’ll tumble for ya” had paid off.
We should all be so bold.
Who among us wouldn’t do everything humanly possible to get to within an arm’s length of the Karma Chameleon? Let any one of you who is without Culture Club fever be the first to throw a stone.
Event staff reported the colonel shoved venue security in a zealous effort to get to the stage, prompting a request for police assistance to escort the impassioned officer off the premises.
Kettering Police Lt. Holly Murchland responded, but Muth was allegedly not ready to give up, as he refused police commands, flailed his arms and stiffened his body in an attempt to resist arrest.
“Muth appeared to be heavily intoxicated,” Murchland said in a statement obtained by the Dayton Daily News. “His speech was slurred, his balance was unsteady, and he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.”
How much intoxication was the result of pure, unadulterated Culture Club euphoria was not specified by law enforcement.
Base officials were subsequently notified of the incident, and a spokesman from Wright-Patterson told the Daily News that Muth’s command has not yet doled out any disciplinary measures.
Ironically, it was Boy George himself, perhaps, who inadvertently recommended the best discipline for Muth, when he sang those many years ago, “Give me time to realize my crime.”
J.D. Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times, and a USMC veteran.