The British Royal Navy sailors accused of assaulting a Dallas police officer in a drunken brawl last weekend will not be allowed to leave the country.
The Navy members wanted to leave the country with the understanding that they would return when needed to answer to the assault charge, but now it won’t happen. Vickers Cunningham, the lawyer for the three sailors, declined to speak to FOX4 on camera on Wednesday afternoon.
The men were supposed to go before judge Amber Givens with the intent to get their passports back. All three men had been on track for upcoming foreign deployments.
But Cunningham said off-camera he withdrew the request to get the passports back. He didn’t give a reason why.
The seamen, out on bond, bolted toward the courthouse parking lot away from FOX4 cameras after their court appearance.
The three involved in the assault: Christopher Hickman, 30, and Callum Duncan, 26, wore sunglasses hiding black eyes. Christopher Casey, 28, had no glasses but wore a dark suit for the hearing.
The sailors are accused of assaulting veteran Dallas police officer Gerardo Huante early Saturday after closing time outside popular Uptown bar Concrete Cowboy.
Court documents said the three were fighting in the street and Huante tried to break it up, but they turned on him. Hickman held the officer down while Casey kicked him in the face and Duncan punched him several times.
Cunningham said the men will now have to wait stateside for their next court appearance, but there’s nothing upcoming on the court docket for the three.