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Man accused of assaulting officers during DUI arrest

Police accuse a man of two counts of assault on a police officer and other charges after authorities responded to a call alleging that someone was driving erratically. Police responded to the area in search of a car on Saturday and claim to have found one matching the description. The car was parked in a parking lot. Inside the vehicle, law enforcement claims that officers found vodka and beer.

The initial investigation began as what may be considered a routine drunk driving probe. Officers asked the man to perform field sobriety tests, which police say that man refused to do. At some point during the encounter, police claim that the man became aggressive, kicking one officer and injuring another. Authorities allege that the man began to threaten the families of officers as he was being taken into custody shortly after 3:00 in the afternoon. Police thought that the man was highly intoxicated at the time.

The man was transported to the police station, where officials claim he refused to submit an evidentiary breath sample related to the DUI investigation. Moreover, authorities say that the man continued to make threatening remarks at the police station.

When alcohol-related offenses are at issue, law enforcement may often tack on a variety of allegations concerning how a person acted while being taken into custody. When the allegations rise to the level of a violent crime, the consequences of the criminal case can also rise precipitously.

The man is accused of a string of violent offenses related to the DUI investigation. He was booked into jail; bond was set at $250,000.

Source: Fairfield Citizen, "Cops: DUI driver kicked officer, made shooting threats," May 27, 2014

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