Two Miami men were charged with assaulting an officer this week in separate incidents.
According to court records, Ricky Lynn Cotton Jr., 32, was reported to authorities after he was found “passed out” in an apartment he was not authorized to be in.
Ottawa County Deputy Justin Judd said that, when he arrived at the apartment building, he witnessed Cotton leaving an apartment and walking into the parking lot.
“I observed Cotton stumble, almost falling down numerous times,” Judd said.
Judd said Cotton showed obvious signs of intoxication and was attempting to leave the scene in an automobile parked in front of the apartment building.
“I advised Cotton he could not drive the vehicle because he was intoxicated,” Judd said. “I advised him he could call someone to get him.”
Unable to reach anyone to pick him up, Cotton left the scene on foot yelling profanities at Judd.
Judd said he arrested Cotton for public intoxication and transported him to Ottawa County Jail.
At the jail, according to authorities, Cotton became disorderly and threw a chair at a correction officer, striking the officer in the legs.
Cotton was convicted on March 1 of two counts of assault and battery on a police officer. He received two five-year sentences, both of which were suspended.
He now faces a third charge of assaulting an officer and a misdemeanor charge for public intoxication.
Just a few hours after the jail incident with Cotton, a Miami police officer arrested a 25-year-old male subject for public intoxication.
Johnnie Lee Pruitt was taken into custody and booked into the Ottawa County Jail at 1:28 a.m. Saturday.
Pruitt was viewed on surveillance cameras to be uncooperative with the arresting officer during the book-in process.
Deputy Matthew Redden said Pruitt was placed in a holding cell where he began “head butting” the cell door window. Pruitt then allegedly began spitting at the window.
When correction officers attempted to restrain Pruitt, Redden said Pruitt hit one of the officers and began “blowing blood from his nose onto the officers.”
“Officer (Shawn) Culver stated that he and officer (Heath) Potter exited the cell and attempted to lock the door when Pruitt rammed the door, causing it to hit Potter in the right shoulder,” Redden said.
Pruitt was restrained with handcuffs and leg shackles. He, too, faces up to five years in prison for assaulting an officer.