TAMPA — Lawyer and state Rep. Darryl Rouson has taken on a new client: his son.
Daniel Rouson, 18, was thrown out of an Ybor City night club last month, according to a police report. When the teen tried to go back inside and ignored commands to leave, officers arrested him on a charge of obstruction.
He has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor.
A police report from the March 9 incident in front of Club Prana said Daniel Rouson "refused to comply with verbal commands," and resisted arrest.
Police said it was closing time and that Daniel Rouson, who they said smelled like alcohol, was escorted by club security to the sidewalk, knocking over a post used to separate lines.
Four officers approached and told the teen to leave the area, police said.
When Daniel Rouson walked back toward the club, bumping one of the officers, the officers took him down to the ground, the report said.
According to the police report, the teen said a person inside the club asked him to stop waving a red bandana around, a practice associated with a gang. Daniel Rouson said he did stop, then was told to leave a few minutes later. He told police he was not a member of a gang.
"My son has huge remorse and regret about his behavior," Darryl Rouson told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday. "As a parent, I realize that we cannot be with them 24 hours a day. I blame no parent for the actions of their child. But surely I am also regretful about his behavior."
Darryl Rouson said he has huge respect for law enforcement and had taught his children that as well. He said his son currently attends St. Petersburg College.
"He understands there are consequences," Darryl Rouson said. "I know I'm a public figure, but he's not. ... Our family goes through things just like any family."