Michael R. O'Neal, 24, Brazil, is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on 11 preliminary charges, including seven various battery charges.
BCPD Sgt. Dennis Archer told The Brazil Times patrolmen Jeremy Mace, Todd Stemm and Kenny Hill responded to a report of a fight in progress at a residence on West Montgomery Street around 9:30 p.m. Upon arrival, the residents told officers O'Neal had just left the residence on foot.
When Hill and Mace located the suspect, O'Neal, apparently injured from a previous struggle, ran away. The officers chased him to the corner of Depot and Pinckley streets, where O'Neal refused to comply with orders to be arrested. Instead, he allegedly took a fighting stance and "prepared to square off" with Mace and Hill.
After a brief struggle, Archer said the officers were able to take O'Neal into custody. But due to his injuries, TransCare was called to check O'Neal while Stemm stayed at the scene.
Archer said Hill and Mace returned to the residence to investigate what happened. The residents reported O'Neal was acting weird when he arrived and soon afterward, became combative and attacked a woman when she attempted to call for help.
There is no official record if the victims received medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Archer said Stemm requested assistance at the ambulance because O'Neal was refusing to cooperate with authorities.
When the officers returned to the scene, O'Neal kicked Mace in the groin and spat blood on him. After getting O'Neal strapped to the gurney, Hill rode in the ambulance to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
However, upon arrival, O'Neal spat blood on a paramedic while making death threats against Hill. O'Neal then spat blood and bit Hill on the hand.
The fighting continued as hospital staff attempted to offer treatment.
Archer said the results of a blood alcohol test performed on O'Neal returned a .21 reading, which is almost three times the legal limit (.08).
Although O'Neal ultimately calmed down enough to receive medical treatment and be released from the hospital, he began to fight with jail personnel at the Clay County Justice Center during the booking process.
Archer confirmed Hill and Mace's injuries were very minor and both were able to complete their normal shifts.
According to Archer, BCPD officers filed preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, two counts of battery with injury on law enforcement, three counts of battery by bodily waste, two counts of battery with bodily injury and one count of intimidation against O'Neal.
Since the in-house investigation by jail officials has not been concluded at this time, it is unknown if any other charges will be filed against O'Neal. However, a copy of this case has been provided to the Clay County Sheriff's Department for review.
Facing a $7,000 cash bond, O'Neal is currently awaiting formal court proceedings per the court calendar.