A Hiram man who pointed a .44-caliber handgun at a police officer while intoxicated on Jan. 16 has been indicted by a Portage County grand jury on three criminal charges in connection with the standoff.
Steven J. Sargent, 44, of 6710 Bancroft Road, was indicted on one count each of felonious assault on a police officer, a first-degree felony, inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony, and using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Sargent pleaded not guilty to the charges at his recent arraignment in Portage County Common Pleas Court and is being held in the Portage County jail on $200,000 bond pending trial on April 2 in Judge John Enlow's courtroom, according to court records. A firearms specification to the felonious assault charge could net Sargent an additional mandatory three years in prison upon conviction.
Hiram police said Sargent was arrested just before 10 p.m. Jan. 16 for allegedly driving under the influence near his home, with a blood alcohol content that tested at 0.198, more than twice the legal limit. Sargent was arrested, booked and Brown gave him a ride back home.
Hiram Police Chief Ed Samec said Sargent went inside the apartment, and came back out with a .44-caliber Ruger Blackhawk handgun, which he pointed at Brown, and also put to his own head and inside his mouth.
Brown and four other officers spent eight minutes talking to Sargent, Samec said, eventually convincing him to put the gun down and surrender peacefully. No one was injured.
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