Boater causes fight at Sebastian Yacht Club

Thomas Edward Clauss
Thomas Edward Clauss

A Vero Lake Estates man was arrested Saturday evening at the Sebastian Yacht Club. Witnesses say a man was allegedly trying to start a fight on the dock before law enforcement arrived.

Thomas Edward Clauss, 41, approached the police aggressively and said he needed to get his jetski out of the water after someone was yelling at him. The officer asked Clauss to wait while they investigated the incident.

While standing on the dock, Clauss tried to back his truck up near the boat ramp to retrieve his jetski, but hit a patrol car, while simultaneously jackknifing his trailer, according to the affidavit.

“I went and made contact with him and asked for his driver’s license due to his erratic behavior and driving,” the officer said.

Clauss told the police that he didn’t have a license with him. Then, while running a check with the DMV, the police found out that he was never issued a driver’s license. The officer asked Clauss to stop operating the vehicle since he didn’t have a license.

As the officer was issuing him a citation, Clauss grabbed the court copy and not the copy belonging to him.

“I told him I needed to switch copies with him, and he said ‘fu** you, keep that one,'” the officer said.

While being detained, Clauss threatened to spit in his face as he continued to pull away, the report said.

Once Clauss was detained, he began to kick the window to the police cruiser, which caused it to bend outward.

Clauss was charged with No Valid Driver’s License, Criminal Mischief, and Resisting Arrest. He was transported to the Indian River County Jail, where he exposed himself to jail staff.

“Mr. Clauss placed his buttocks up against the glass to the cell and pulled his pants down. He intentionally grabbed his penis while pressed up against the glass, exposing his organs for approximately 30 seconds,” the deputy said.

Clauss was then charged with Exposure of Sexual Organs while at the jail.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Jennifer Balakrishnan
Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.