Stillwater News Press

July 5, 2013

Stillwater man charged with assault and battery with deadly weapon on officer

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — A Stillwater man was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon upon a police officer early Friday morning.

Brian Brown, 23, of Stillwater was stopped for drifting in and out of a traffic lane at approximately 12:20 a.m. Friday in Perkins, where Brown resisted arrest and initiated a car chase, according to an affidavit from the Perkins Police Department.

When Perkins Police Officer Kyle Howard approached Brown and passenger Luke Wittman, he reported the inside of the vehicle smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit.

According to the report, Brown told Howard he was the designated driver but neither Brown nor his passenger had identification. When asked to exit the vehicle, Brown refused, according to the affidavit.

Brown replied he didn’t have to exit the vehicle, according to the affidavit. Howard then tried opening the door but it was locked, according to the report.

Brown’s driver’s side window was partially rolled up when the officer tried to reach his hand inside the door to unlock it. With the officer’s hand still inside the window, Brown sped away, dragging the officer approximately 10 to 15 feet before he was able to free his arm, according to Howard’s testimony on the affidavit.

Brown was arrested at approximately 1:55 a.m. in Stillwater without incident by Stillwater police and booked on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, eluding a police officer, obstruction, resisting arrest, escape from lawful detention and reckless driving.