The Zionsville Police Department arrested an Anderson man earlier this week on five felony and two misdemeanor counts.
Rodney Eugene Norman, 45, was arrested for OWI with a BAC of .08 or higher, public intoxication, criminal mischief, resisting law enforcement, felony police battery, criminal recklessness, escape and strangulation.
According to a ZPD police report, at approximately 9:58 p.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Concord Circle in the Irongate subdivision on a report of a vehicle accident.
Upon arrival, officers noticed damage to a white Chevrolet minivan and a blue GMC Jimmy SUV parked in the driveway. Norman admitted to officers that he rammed his wife’s vehicle with his vehicle.
Officers also noticed that Norman smelled like alcohol and admitted that he had been drinking, stating he had “too much.” An open beverage container was found by police in the Jimmy SUV, along with prescription medicine he was taking after having leg surgery for blood clots the day before, according to the ZPD incident report.
Normanrefused a field sobriety test at the scene and was taken to the Boone County Jail.
Once at the jail, the list of charges Norman faces grew.
A second incident report filed by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Just Knox said Knox responded to a report that Norman had punched a cell door after being “very verbally abusive, loud, disrespectful and racist towards jail staff.”
According to the report: When Knox, planning to handcuff Norman, told Norman to turn around and put his hands behind his back, Norman repeatedly refused. “Norman then immediately ran at this officer with both of his hands extended in a choking manner and grabbed this officer’s throat as he ran out of the cell having a hold of my person,” Knox wrote.
Another officer helped restrain Noman, but he continued to fight, and Knox used his Taser to subdue him, the report said.
Formal charges have since been filed against Norman. They include criminal mischief, a class D felony; operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, a class A misdemeanor; operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 ore more, a class A misdemeanor; public intoxication, a class B misdemeanor; public intoxication, a class B misdemeanor; open alcoholic beverage container during operation of a motor vehicle, a class C infraction; Residential Entry, a class D felony; battery, a class A misdemeanor; resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.
The state also filed a motion to raise Norman’s bond from $500 to $10,000 bond a filed to have him considered a habitual substance offender because he has two prior OWI convictions.
A jury trial has been set for 9 a.m. Oct. 25 in Boone Superior Court II.