CRE execs arrested at Berry Hill pub

Gulch tower developer booked on resisting arrest, public intoxication charges

UPDATE: The charges were dismissed in January of 2013.

A Saturday night outing among local real estate heavyweights turned into a mini-melee at M.L. Rose Craft Beers & Burgers, resulting in six arrests.

By the time the dust had settled, Whitfield Hamilton, the Tennessee point man for Panattoni Development, apartment developer Ray Hensler and Cassidy Turley Principal David McGahren were among those arrested on various charges.

According to affidavits taken out by the Berry Hill Police Department, the group comprising the CRE execs was being disruptive and was asked to leave by management of M.L. Rose. Several members of the party were too intoxicated to be served, police documents read.

A BHPD officer soon arrived at the pub, but the party still refused to leave. While being placed under arrest, Hensler allegedly became unruly and “fought with [the] officer to the point where the subject had to be sprayed with a chemical agent and be taken to the ground to be hand cuffed,” an affidavit said.

Hensler is facing charges of resisting arrest, assault of an officer and public intoxication. His wife, Kindy, also was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. She allegedly attempted to kick out the window of a patrol car after she was arrested.

Hensler, at left in our photo, last month unveiled plans for a long-awaited luxury high-rise in The Gulch. He also developed the Adelicia condo tower in Midtown.

Meanwhile, Hamilton — center in the photo — and two other women, Teresa Ellis, 35, and Elizabeth Lindsey, were also arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Hamilton allegedly attempted to interfere with an officer as he was attempting to take a report.

Phone calls to Hensler and Hamilton Monday were not returned prior to publication.

Ellis also is being charged with assault after she struck an officer on the head and the arm with her hand.

McGahren, Cassidy Turley’s top local industrial property broker, was asked to go across the street several times but refused to leave the area, an affidavit said. He was charged with public intoxication, but court records show that the charge has been dismissed.