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Located off the 78 Freeway in Vista, at 435 West Vista Way, is the Vista Entertainment Center, a megaplex of adult fun and games. Inside are 40 bowling lanes, an arcade room, a Karaoke machine, and a sports bar called the Turf Room. "Everything Can Happen Here," reads the center's website.

On January 28, at 11:48 p.m., a lot did happen there, but it didn't have anything to do with funs and games.

Minutes before midnight, deputies from the San Diego Sheriff's Department arrived at the North County fun zone in response to a 911 call about a large ruckus on the property.

Multiple fights were going on at the same time, read a Sheriff's Department press release. While two 26-year-old males, Tim Moy and Lucus Hayes, were duking it out in the parking lot, John Gyues and Alphonso Sorrell battled with security guards inside. According to the press release, while trading blows with the security detail, both Gyues and Sorrell were "instigating others inside the bar to fight."

Deputies were able to detain Moy and Hayes outside, arresting them for public drunkenness. However, deputies didn't have as easy a time with the other brawlers. Gyues and Sorrell focused their rage on deputies. The lawmen managed to restrain Gyues and Sorrell, but not before Sorrell forced a deputy to the ground.

"Sorrell and two other subjects then attempted to 'rush' the deputy on ground," read the press release.

After the melee, Gyues and Sorrell were arrested for public intoxication and for assaulting several peace officers. All four street fighters were booked into the Vista jail. The press release revealed that no deputies were injured on the scene.

For more on The Vista Entertainment Center, where everything can and does happen, visit their website at vistaentertainment.com.

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David Dodd Jan. 30, 2010 @ 6:26 p.m.

I tried accessing the Vista Entertainment Website, but my webrowser turned on me and threw me to the ground. The browser then began to encourage several desktop applications in an attempt to render me immobile. Luckily, I was able to reach the power plug just in time.


antigeekess Jan. 30, 2010 @ 8:34 p.m.


Sounds like a wonderful family venue, and a lovely place for ladies of San Diego to meet quality gentlemen. Sort of a cross between Chuck E. Cheese and an East Texas roadhouse.

Verah nice. http://theescapepod.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/borat-high-five.jpg


PistolPete Jan. 31, 2010 @ 1:33 a.m.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was NOT expecting A)-refried's AWESOME response and B)-Borat! Verah nice!


SDaniels Jan. 31, 2010 @ 1:57 a.m.

"While two 26-year-old males were duking it out in the parking lot, two more battled with security guards inside."

Who needs cable? I agree-- posts 1 and 2 made my day :)


Robert Johnston Feb. 5, 2010 @ 1:06 p.m.

VEC's Turf Room isn't my idea of a "meeting place" to begin with. Too small in size, not enough in the way of beverages for those who choose not to drink booze, and way too easy to access from the street w/o bouncer/cooler supervision.

Looks like the Alcohol Beverage Control Board might investigate this one. If so, the "Turf Room" might just bite the turf, as in get it's booze permit yanked. No big loss, really--VEC was built more for bowlers, gamers, and the like, not as a place for drunk-stoopid dimwits to try to stomp all comers into toothpaste, including Sheriff's Deputies.

I like Smitty's Downtown much better, anyway. You can't beat the location, especially if you have the "FEED ME, SEYMORE!" syndrome that comes with imbibing a few too many brews (there's now a Sonic Drive-Thru across the street). Plus, if you take a taxi home, it's easier for the cabbies to find it.

So be it. LPR


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