State lawmaker takes hits in bar fight, defends himself

Dayton Police were called to the popular Mexican restaurant on Linden Avenue but no report was filed, said Perales, a Beavercreek Republican.

“It was unprovoked. I can’t even tell you why. Really can’t. You know, it turned out that I took a couple. It was a 45-second issue. Then I defended myself a little and it was over. It wasn’t worthy of a police report. Somebody was angry,” Perales said.

Perales said he was at Elsa’s to meet someone around 6 p.m. on Oct. 10, ordered tacos and a drink at the bar and was chatting with a woman seated nearby. A man showed up and was being verbally abusive to the woman, calling her names, Perales said.

“I stood up – but not to fight – and I said ‘Man, what’s your problem?’” Perales recounted. “And he said ‘You are’ as he was delivering a, like I said I boxed in college, it was a nice right. And then before I even recognized that he had nailed me, he hit me again and then I started to go down. And then he started kicking me and I got up and you know, defended myself, let’s say that.”

Perales, who is short but muscular, described the opponent as much bigger guy and a bully.

Perales, a former Greene County commissioner and Beavercreek mayor, is a U.S. Air Force veteran serving his first term in the Ohio House.

The fight caused no damage and no serious injury so Perales said he elected not to file a police report.

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