Ex-firefighter busted in bikini accepts plea
MASON, Ohio ” A man who was arrested in a park wearing a woman’s wig and a bikini accepted a plea deal Thursday that dropped a charge of public indecency.
Steven S. Cole, a former volunteer firefighter, pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.
Municipal Court Judge George Parker sentenced Cole to attend a mandatory driver intervention program and placed him on two years’ probation. Cole was ordered to stay out of the city’s public parks during that time and pay a $250 fine.
Parker also suspended Cole’s driving privileges for six months, except for work, counseling sessions, family appointments and visits with his probation officer.
Police arrested Cole on April 4 in his truck as he was leaving Heritage Oak Park in this Cincinnati suburb after parents complained about a man dressed in women’s clothing.
Police said they found an open, half-empty bottle of beer in the truck, along with a gym bag containing wigs, bikinis, silver go-go boots and other women’s garments.
Cole’s blood-alcohol test registered 0.17, more than twice Ohio’s legal driving limit of 0.08, police said.
The arrest report said Cole told an officer he was on his way to a bar in Dayton to perform as a woman in a contest offering a $10,000 prize.