A Couple in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States named ,Michael Mathisen and Lauren Wilder were taken into custody shortly after they were arrested for having s*x in front of children and adults,” a complaint states.
The couple were taken into custody about 6pm at the opening of the attraction – a 150-foot observation wheel temporarily in Cincinnati and scheduled to be toured around the country.
Court documents said Mathisen, 30, of Florence, and Wilder, 31, of North College Hill, were both drunk at the time of their alleged raunchy liaison.
Wilder, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct and booked into the Hamilton County Jail around 6:30 p.m. She was released on her own recognizance about 11:30 p.m., jail officials said.
Mathisen was arrested on one count of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and is still housed at the Hamilton County Jail. Both are scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
Todd Schneider, a SkyStar managing partner, said by phone Friday evening that staff members spotted the couple as their gondola completed its revolution and neared the ground.
“The couple made eye contact and continued doing what they were doing,” Schneider said. “They weren’t thinking correctly. It’s a festive day, festive environment.”
The gondolas being all glass, fully exposed it was just a bad situation. There’s really nowhere to hide in there.”
Staff hit an emergency “kill button” to stop the ride, and an off-duty police officer responded. The officer was hired “in anticipation of any type of incident like this or a rowdy crowd,” Schneider said.