Lance MacLean, former associate executive director of the Associated Students of UC Irvine, has been charged with assault and battery stemming from an incident witnessed by several students at last year’s annual ‘Shocktoberfest,’ in which MacLean pinned a fellow UCI employee against the wall and grabbed his neck before nearby police officers wrestled him to the ground.
MacLean, 49, who is also a councilmember and former mayor of the city of Mission Viejo, pleaded not guilty to the two misdemeanor charges, filed in December, according to an Orange County Register report. The Orange County District Attorney will drop the charges if MacLean successfully completes a court-approved anger management course. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June pending his completion of the course.
The incident took place the night of Oct. 26, 2007 at the newly constructed Student Center, when several students were waiting to be let into the Pacific Ballroom for a concert at Shocktoberfest, according to the police report of the incident obtained by the New University.
According to the report, four police officers were standing outside the ballroom assigned to the event at about 11:15 p.m., when MacLean, visibly upset, entered the area saying, ‘Where the fuck is Jack. Jack locked up all the restroom [sic] upstairs and I have people peeing all over the place. You need to tell Jack to open the fucking doors.’
MacLean then spotted the victim, identified as Jack McManus, director of UCI Hospitality and Dining Services, and began yelling at him. After a short verbal altercation, MacLean then placed his hands around McManus’ neck and shoved him against the wall, then began to lift him up by the neck.
The four nearby officers intervened and ordered MacLean to let go, but he refused, prompting them to forcibly separate the two. MacLean, who is 6-feet-5-inches and 200 pounds according to the police report, resisted their orders several times and continued to struggle until an officer directed him to a prone position and handcuffed him.
MacLean was detained and released from the scene. McManus suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment, as did MacLean.
The police report lists three offenses by MacLean: assault, battery and resisting a peace officer.
According to Kay Rackauckas, MacLean’s attorney, MacLean was reacting to the fact that many more students than anticipated had arrived for the concert, but the nearby bathrooms had been locked.
‘There were about 2,000 people there and Lance saw many [students urinating] outdoors. He was trying to avert a crisis,’ Rackauckas told the O.C. Register. Only 850 students were allowed inside the ballroom for the concert, according to the police report.
UCI spokesperson Jason Mednick said Saturday that UCI Police Department had conducted a criminal investigation into the incident and forwarded it to the District Attorney’s office.
MacLean left his post at the university as of Dec. 17, 2007, according to Mednick. The university was in the process of conducting an administrative review of MacLean at the time of his leaving. MacLean told the Register he has taken an early retirement from UCI and ‘plans to begin a second career in public relations