Summer traffic cop arrested after Oak Bluffs bar fight


Sunday night, Oak Bluffs police arrested Benjamin Lima of Berlin after he was ejected from a popular Circuit Avenue night spot for causing a disturbance. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Lima, a former summer traffic officer, protested that he was a special Tisbury police officer.

Mr. Lima was employed by the police department this past summer, with duties limited entirely to directing traffic coming off the Steamship Authority ferries. He was not employed by Tisbury police at the time of his arrest.

Late Sunday, October 7, police responded to a report of five to six people fighting outside Season’s Pub on Circuit Avenue. According to the police report, a bartender at Season’s refused to serve Mr. Lima because he was intoxicated.

As the doorman David Sylvia began to escort Mr. Lima outside, Mr. Lima began to fight with him, according to police. Several bar patrons went to the assistance of Mr. Sylvia.

“Lima’s level of intoxication was extreme and obvious,” wrote Oak Bluffs police officer James Morse in his report. He said Mr. Lima was yelling at police, including officer J.J. Mendez. “He was yelling at Mendez ‘This is (expletive). No one is listening to me. Thin blue line. You have no probable cause. I’m a special in Tisbury, ask Marchand, ask Hanavan. Yeah, you will see. I’ve been to the academy,'” Officer Morse wrote in his report.

Mr. Lima referred to Oak Bluffs police sergeant Michael Marchand, and Tisbury police chief Dan Hanavan. Chief Hanavan declined to comment on the arrest.

Police arrested Mr. Lima on charges of assault and battery, and disorderly conduct.

Police said Mr. Lima was so uncooperative during booking at the Dukes County Jail that jail officers placed him in a holding cell for processing later.