Tuesday, March 26 2013, 11:46 PM CDT
DUII suspect has claims of police brutality
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore.-Chad Paxton said he was a victim of police brutaliy when he was arrested on Dec. 22 under DUII suspicions.
Medford Police said they suspected Paxton was driving intoxicated after he broke several traffic laws.
Officers said they were ready to arrest Paxton after he failed his field sobriety test, but police said Paxton had a different plan. "One of the officers was trying and in the process of actually placing on the hand cuffs, he turned and started fighting with both officers," said Sgt. Brent Mack with Medford Police Department.
In her summary of probable cause for arrest, Officer J. Newell stated the suspect "punched [her] in the back of the head causing pain and the supect punched Corporal Venables several times causing pain."
"The video speaks for itsel. You can see them. You can see the whole thing. You can see them trying to take him into custody. You can see actively fighting and resisting. You can see the officers attempting to take him into custody," said Sgt. Mack.
The video shows an out-of-breath Officer Newell calling for back-up.
"You can hear her calling for cover Code 13. You can hear her in almost out of breath saying expedite, which is we need help now," said Mack.
The suspect ran away and when police trid to stop him with a taser, it didn't work. "In that instance, it didn't work effectively and they went to other means," said Mack.
Paxton was later found and taken into custody.
In a police report shared with News 10 by the defendant, pictures of Paxton showed why he claimed he was a victim of police brutality.
In the probable cause affidavit, Officer Newell wrote, "The suspect had two prior DUII [convictions]."
At this point, Medford Police aren't sure if Paxton will file a complaint against the officers. "To be honest I have no idea whether he will or not that's between him and his attorney," said Sgt. Mack.
News 10 contacted Paxton's attorney, Christopher Missiaen.
The public defender said he is ethically bound to not speak about the open investigation. Missiaen said he advised his client decline to comment at this time.
Paxton's hearing is scheduled for May 20, and his trial for May 21.
He's charged with seven counts, including 2 for assaulting a public safety officer.