Brimfield police: Drunken suspect spits on officer

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Brimfield man has been charged with assault after recently spitting on a Brimfield police officer following his arrest for allegedly making drunken threats in a township bar.

John R. Stuttler II, 36, of 1402 Tallmadge Road, is charged with one count each of assault on a law enforcement officer, a fourth-degree felony, and disorderly conduct by intoxication, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver said police officers Robert Putnam, Paul Gramlich and Sgt. David Knarr were called to a bar in Brimfield on Friday for a man who allegedly was intoxicated, disorderly and making violent threats.

Stuttler allegedly threatened suicide, "asked officers to kill him and threatened to kill responding officers," according to an arrest report filed by Putnam in municipal court.

After warning Stuttler to "cease his turbulent behavior, which he did not do," Putnam wrote, officers arrested him and took him to the Brimfield police station for booking.

While being booked, Stuttler allegedly spit in officer Putnam's face, assaulted Sgt. Knarr and called Oliver profane names, the chief said. He was later taken to the Portage County jail.

Arraigned in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna, Stuttler was released from jail by Judge Mark Fankhauser on the conditions he undergo testing to determine if he has any contagious diseases and get a mental health evaluation.

Additional charges are pending a presentation of the evidence to a Portage County grand jury.

Oliver praised his officers for maintaining their composure during the situation.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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