A West Virginia man was jailed after allegedly assaulting two state troopers who were trying to help him off the floor when he reportedly passed out from moonshine consumption early Tuesday morning at a Franklin Township hotel.
Jonathan Ray Rexroad, 39, of Sand Fork, W.Va., had allegedly passed out in the second-floor hallway of the Quality Inn, 100 Comfort Lane, about 1:26 a.m. EMS workers tried to wake Rexroad unsuccessfully before Troopers Nicolas Richards and Dustin Fidazzo arrived.
As Rexroad started to wake, Richards attempted to help him up, according to the criminal complaint. Rexroad allegedly stood up quickly and raised his hands in a boxing stance toward Richards. When Rexroad advanced toward Richards, both Richards and Fidazzo tackled him to the ground.
Rexroad allegedly swung his arms and kicked at both troopers, kicking Fidazzo in the side multiple times. The troopers used a Taser to place Rexroad under arrest. During the scuffle, Richards sustained an injury to his hand and Fidazzo a cut to his arm. Richards had to be treated at a local hospital.
After Rexroad was restrained, police said they found him to be in possession of a container with suspected marijuana and baggies with a white powder, along with a smoking device. Rexroad allegedly told police that he had smoked marijuana about 7 p.m. Monday, before drinking moonshine three hours later.
He told police that he didn’t “remember anything after drinking the moonshine,” the complaint said.
Rexroad was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness.
He was arraigned Tuesday morning by District Judge David Balint and jailed on $2,500 bond.