Court No. CRB 1501366
Stuart O'Hara, Jr., Law Director, and Scott M.
Christophel, Assistant Law Director, for appellee.
M. Felter, for appellant.
DECISION AND JUDGMENT
1} Appellant, Justin Hile, appeals the March 4, 2016
judgment of the Norwalk Municipal Court convicting him,
following a bench trial, of obstruction of official business
in violation of R.C. 2921.31(A), a misdemeanor of the second
degree. Finding no error, we affirm.
2} Appellant sets forth the following assignments of
1. DEFENDANT/APPELLANT DID NOT PROPERLY WAIVE HIS RIGHT TO A
2. THE COURT'S DECISION WAS NOT BASED ON SUFFICIENT
3. THE COURT'S DECISION WAS AGAINST THE MANIFEST WEIGHT
OF THE EVIDENCE.
3} On January 28, 2015, appellant was arrested for
outstanding warrants. Appellant was transported to and
admitted into the Huron County jail. Upon arriving at the
jail, appellant was confrontational with officers.
4} Appellant had a puncture wound on his neck which
the officers perceived as indication of intravenous drug use.
This prompted a more thorough response and intake process,
because the officers intended to eliminate the possibility of
appellant's drug use affecting his intake or his or other
inmates' stay. Included in this more thorough intake
process are, among others, procedures such as cavity
searches, showers, and drug screening. During the process,
appellant was uncooperative.
5} Appellant's behavior ranged from refusing
drug screening and a shower, using offensive language,
ignoring lawful commands, deliberately and physically
resisting officers, attempting to kick and injure officers,
actually injuring an officer, and eventually requiring a