Woman Faces Ban From Disney World After Battery And Disorderly Intoxication Charges
Ellen McMillion, 53, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony battery on a law enforcement officer and one misdemeanor count of disorderly intoxication after trying to slap a taxi driver and kicking a deputy sheriff at the park.
As Disney has banned smoking within its theme parks, McMillion had reportedly asked a taxi driver for a cigarette outside Disney's Hollywood Studios park.
The driver, who does not smoke, told her he did not have any cigarettes, which was when McMillion began to try slapping him.
McMillion - whose Facebook page shows she regularly visits Disney World - was then confronted by deputies, who apparently found her slurring her words, smelling of alcohol and finding trouble maintaining her balance.
According to the police report, McMillion told deputies several times that she was intoxicated and would not cooperate until she was given a cigarette.
The police report, as seen by The Ledger, said: "She also verbally stated she was drunk multiple times. She demanded a cigarette multiple times and stated she was not going to speak to deputies until she got a cigarette."
When the deputy asked for McMillion's identification, she threw her purse on the ground, saying: "Here."
The report added: "McMillion was still yelling profanities as multiple adults and children walked by."
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After she was arrested, McMillion allegedly kicked another deputy in the leg 'at least twice' as they took her to the patrol car. She was then taken to the Orange County Jail.
The arrest affidavit also said Disney security requested McMillion - who is from Brandon, Florida - be banned from 'all Walt Disney World properties'.
Disney spokeswoman Erica Ettori said in a statement: "We have no tolerance for violence."
Referring to the incident as a 'law enforcement matter', she said Disney would not be commenting further.
Guests at Disney World are not able to smoke on the premises, following the announcement earlier this year that there would no longer be smoking areas at Disney theme parks and water parks.
A blog post on the Disney Parks blog explained: "Beginning May 1, smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney District in California.
"Designated smoking areas will be available outside the entrances of the areas listed above and at Disney Springs in Florida."
It added: "For guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas are also available at Disney Resort hotels."
Featured Image Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department