PAINESVILLE, Ohio– The man accused of throwing inside a Painesville restaurant appeared in court via video Wednesday afternoon.
Arnold Teeter, 49, pulled an iguana out of his shirt inside Perkins on Tuesday, police said. He then swung the animal around his head by the tail and threw it at the manager.
Teeter was arrested a few blocks away after a struggled with officers in the middle of Mentor Avenue, police said.
He pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and animal cruelty. Bond was set at $10,000. If released, he will be on GPS monitoring and was ordered not to possess any animals.
During the brief hearing, Teeter was disruptive and repeatedly swore at the judge.
The iguana was taken to the Lake County Humane Society. It was severely injured and requires surgery.