Porter County man pleads guilty to fighting officer

2012-04-09T12:30:00Z 2012-04-10T00:22:54Z Porter County man pleads guilty to fighting officerBy Bob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | A 48-year-old Liberty Township man faces two years behind bars after pleading guilty Monday to intimidating and battering a police officer in September.

Darin Medley pleaded guilty to a felony count of intimidation, along with misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, battery to a police officer and drunk driving.

The proposed agreement calls for a sentence of six years behind bars, with four years suspended and to be spent on formal probation.

Sentencing is set for May 21.

The charges stem from Sept. 9, when Porter County Sheriff's Department officers said they stopped Medley's mo-ped about 10 p.m. on U.S. 6 near Elmwood Park Drive after seeing him driving recklessly.

When Medley ran from the scene, authorities said they called out for him to stop, and Medley responded, "Do you want to die?"

Authorities said when an officer caught up to him, Medley started to grab at the officer's holster. Both men fell to the ground, where Medley continued grabbing for the officer's gun and asking the officer, "Do you want to (expletive) die?"

The officer said Medley apologized for the incident and said he didn't remember reaching for the officer's gun because he was "really drunk."

At the hospital, Medley's blood alcohol content was measured at 0.26, and he needed leg surgery for a bite he received from a police dog, officials said.

"I don't care about that leg, just get me a beer," he reportedly told doctors and police.

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