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Officers injured during arrest

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Two Brazil City Police officers sustained minor injuries while attempting to arrest a local resident that officials described as "extremely intoxicated" Wednesday night.

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.

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Don't know what was going on that night but looks like he got a lot of punishment too! When the weather warms up.....

-- Posted by michael.galloway1 on Thu, Mar 26, 2009, at 11:17 PM

freedom1, while I agree that mace and stemm are both studs, it seems that you forgot Officer Kenny Hill in your praise.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 4:47 AM

Kenny should have introduced Mr. Oneal to Officer Ahnya!

-- Posted by Propria Persona on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 8:51 AM

Maybe he thought they were telling him to shut up and he thought they said stand up? :)

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 3:44 PM

i see my comment was deleted too...suggesting a psychological evaluation and keeping him locked up is too harsh huh? he's my 1/2 cousin, i've known him his whole life...he needs help!

-- Posted by jessdixon on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 5:08 PM

Let's face it. This kid is not the Citizen of the Year!! He was lucky he wasn't hurt more. Our community is fortunate that the police officers were not seriously hurt. When faced with this kind of person, Handle With Care Techniques simply do not apply. He is headed for trouble and there is not much that can be done unless he wants to change. Good job, officers!!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Sat, Mar 28, 2009, at 6:34 AM

Way to go Kenny Hill, Dennis Archer, and Jeremy Mace, and Todd Stemm for getting more drug dealers and drunks off of the street and the Judge should keep them in the Clay County Justice Center for a very long time.

-- Posted by AmayaTsuki on Sat, Mar 28, 2009, at 7:48 AM

Well, I guess Brazil is growing after all. This is common news in most cities but noone can honestly say that occurences such as this don't happen in the small towns also !

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Sat, Mar 28, 2009, at 8:31 PM

AmayaTsuki this article says nothing of drugs.

Do you know that he was on drugs? It is legal to drink in this country. Not legal to be violent.

But this article states very little about what happen prior to the police being called.

Maybe he has some mental issues, maybe he can't handle his anger? Maybe he didn't start the fight. Maybe he just got beat up. He looks pretty bad.

Do you know "the rest of the story"

Do you get angry?

I read day after day the people on this site bickering back in forth about how clay county is so full of drugs this article mentions nothing of drugs. but yet again there it is.

Why doesn't someone just post a coment everyday on every article.


-- Posted by goldylocks on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 1:25 PM

goldylocks, read AmayaTsuki's post again. she stated off the streets. last time i checked it is a misdemeanor offense to be intoxicated in public. AmayaTsuki's post made more sense than yours.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Mon, Mar 30, 2009, at 9:20 PM

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