Ex-Raiders coach was disoriented before alleged beer-bottle assault, witness says

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comApril 18, 2013 

Randy Hanson, 44, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Original story »

A former Oakland Raiders football coach was disoriented and stumbling the night he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a man with a beer bottle, a bar manager testified Thursday.

Randy Hanson allegedly struck James Kelsey in the face with a bottle outside Harry’s Night Club and Beach Bar in Pismo Beach in the early morning of Aug. 4, 2012.

Hanson, who was a Cal Poly defensive coach at the time, has pleaded not guilty.

According to trial testimony, Hanson was drinking at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach earlier that night. Shad Snell, a bar manager, told police Hanson appeared “jolly” as he danced alone. Thursday, he told jurors Hanson was “bumping into people and not knowing his surroundings.”

Kelsey, who was also at Mr. Rick’s, eventually helped Hanson get a limo to Pismo Beach, various witnesses said. As a gesture of his appreciation, Hanson invited Kelsey, a friend, his wife and stepson along.

After a stop at Harry’s, Hanson returned to the limo. He was reportedly lying in a fetal position when Kelsey returned. After Kelsey nudged Hanson to move over, the prosecution said, Hanson hit him in the face with a bottle, resulting in a concussion and broken nose.

Kelsey’s stepson, Tyler Terry, said he tried to retaliate, but Hanson remained in the limo, which the driver had locked.

“I was furious,” Terry testified, noting he was “telling him he was a coward and to get out and fight like a man.”

In addition to the Raiders, Hanson, a former college quarterback, coached for the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams.

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