Day pleads to assault on police officers



An Indian Lake-area defendant with a history of attacking other people pleaded guilty to three assault-related charges Wednesday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O'Connor.

Delbert K. Day, 27, at large, pleaded guilty to two fourth-degree felony counts of assault on a police officer, and a second-degree felony charge of felonious assault for fracturing another man's jaw with a piece of concrete.

Prosecutors are recommending five years in prison when the defendant is sentenced Sept. 8, following a presentence investigation.

The assault on law enforcement occurred when the defendant punched and kicked at officers of the Washington Township Police Department that responded May 23 to a residence on Park Street on Orchard Island in response to a report the defendant struck a woman in the face during an altercation.

Washington Township police found the defendant drunk, hiding in a bathroom clutching two half-empty bottles of alcohol, according to police reports. He was visibly intoxicated, and swearing at officers. He remained non-compliant, becoming combative when the two officers attempted to restrain him.

The defendant was eventually Tased that night before he finally stopped trying to punch and kick the police.

About a week later, on June 1, the defendant showed up unannounced at a residence in the 9000 block of Park Street on Orchard Island, and the resident there told him he wasn't welcome. In response, Mr. Day found a nearby concrete stepping stone and hurled it at the victim, striking him in the face and fracturing his jaw. 

The defendant has been in jail since that incident.

Mr. Day told the court Wednesday he was living on his own prior to his arrest, and was collecting Social Security disability as his primary means of income.

The defendant has previous assault-related convictions, including for harassment with a bodily substance and aggravated assault.

Read more news from Wednesday's common pleas court hearings in Thursday's Examiner.