Springfield man accused of threatening, kicking officers

A Springfield man is behind bars, accused of assaulting two police officers trying to detain him.

Someone called 9-1-1 Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. to report Paul Johnson, 33, of Springfield, was intoxicated and laying close to the street near North Western Avenue and North Street, according to a Springfield Police Division report.

Police had dealt with Johnson several times earlier Tuesday morning.

That includes at about 4 a.m. at Walmart on Bechtle Avenue, officers wrote in the report, where he also appeared to be intoxicated. Officers advised him to leave the store.

A few hours later about 7:30 a.m. officers responded to a call that Johnson appeared to be intoxicated, walking into traffic on South Yellow Springs Street, the report continues.

Police escorted Johnson to a home owned by his mother, according to the police report.

Less than two hours later a construction worker on Linn Street waived officers down to report Johnson was yelling and cursing at traffic, according to the report.

Again police told Johnson to go home, the report states.

When officers again were called at just before 10:30 a.m. to deal with the suspect laying near the roadway near North Western Avenue they tried to take him to his mother’s home, police said, but his mother refused to take him in.

While officers were trying to detain Johnson for disorderly conduct and take him to the jail, he repeatedly kicked at officers, causing harm to their chests and hands, the report says.

Johnson also threatened several times that he wanted to kill the officer, police said, including toward the deputies who were processing him into the Clark County Jail.

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of assault of a police officer and disorderly conduct, according to court records, and is booked in jail on $11,000 bond.

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