A man in Ohio is being held on $75,000 bond after attacking a sheriff's deputy and injuring him and another deputy. The man was charged with felony assault. He attended his arraignment by video from a local detention center.
The conflict between the man and the law enforcement officers grew out of a call the man's father made to 911. In the call the father told the EMS dispatcher that he believed his son had taken some drugs and was overdosing. Paramedics and sheriff's deputies responded to the man's address and began assessing his condition and decided that the man needed to be transported to the hospital. When EMS workers tried to prepare him for transport, he began to fight with them. The sheriff's deputy then tried to arrest the man and take him into custody at which point the man tackled the deputy, knocked him to the ground and punched him in the face.
The man was then Tasered and placed in restraints for transport to the hospital and then to jail. Deputies believe that the man was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the attack. If tests show that the man was not aware of his actions, it could affect the way that the felony assault charges are handled. Assaulting a police officer is a serious charge, and the man would benefit greatly from knowing how assault while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be viewed by the court system.
While this Ohio man must be held responsible for his actions, the facts as reported by officers may indicate that he needs psychological help in addition to or in place of jail time. If investigators find that the man was not a habitual drug user, this may even have been a failed suicide attempt. Test results, witness testimony and additional information about the man's prior criminal history, if any, will help the court determine if the felony assault charges should remain in place. As more information is obtained, other ways of addressing this crime may be considered by the court to be more appropriate.
Source: 10tv.com, "Delaware Man Accused of Assaulting Sheriff’s Deputy," Jennifer Jarrell, July 19, 2013