After receiving reports of a drunk man trying to get into a home in the Jackson Street area, Brazil City Police and Clay County Sheriff's deputies arrested Christopher A. Rybolt, 34, of Brazil, around 2 a.m. Sunday.
Brazil City Patrolmen Chris Blila and Kenny Hill were the first to arrive at the intersection of Jackson and Lambert streets and found Rybolt, who was extremely intoxicated and highly agitated, attempting to ride a bike. Upon questioning, Rybolt began to scream obscenities and fight with the officers.
Clay County Deputies Jerry Siddons and Dan Best provided back-up as the confrontation escalated and Patrolman Blila received minor injuries to his face. The suspect was maced in an attempt to calm the situation, but Rybolt continued to kick and spit at the officers while taken into custody.
Rybolt was found with less than 30 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
During the course of the investigation, officers determined that Rybolt had earlier in the evening confronted a female resulting in bodily injury and threats to shoot and kill her.
According to the probable cause statement, Rybolt continued his out-of-control behavior once arrested and placed inside of the patrol car. He was taken to the Clay County Jail to await arraignment with a cash bond of $7,000 with 10 percent.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office has charged Christopher A. Rybolt with various misdemeanor and felony charges, including:
- Battery resulting in bodily injury, Class A misdemeanor
- Battery resulting in bodily injury, Class D felony
- Intimidation, Class A misdemeanor
- Resisting law enforcement, Class D felony
- Battery/bodily waste on police, Class D felony
- Possession of Marijuana/Hashish, Class A misdemeanor
- Possession of paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanor
- Public intoxication, Class B misdemeanor
If convicted, Rybolt faces up to 13 1/2 years in prison and/or fines of $56,000.