LIMA — Two months after he was acquitted in a criminal trial where he accused police of brutality, Tyler Paxson was back in a courtroom Monday, apologizing.
“I just apologize for what I’ve done,” Paxson said.
Paxson faces numerous misdemeanor charges and likely will face felony charges. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors and awaits to see if felony charges are filed for possession of crack cocaine and heroin.
Paxson was arrested Friday and charged with prohibitions for minors under 21, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, persistent disorderly conduct, operating a vehicle intoxicated and use or possession or sale of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.
Bond was set at $5,000 on each charge. Paxson remains in jail until he can post bond and give the court an address where he will stay. He told police he is homeless.
The most recent arrest happened just after 3:30 a.m. Friday, when Paxson was in the drive-through line at McDonald’s on West Market Street. An employee of the store called police to report a possible drunken driver, according to police records.
Officers responded and came across Paxson still in the drive-through line. As officers approached, they could smell alcohol and noticed the person appeared intoxicated, said Lt. Andy Green, of the Lima Police Department.
Paxson resisted arrest and was taken into custody. He requested to go to the hospital, and officers drove him to St. Rita’s Medical Center, where he was examined and then released with no treatable injuries, Green said.
Paxson then was taken to the Allen County jail, Green said.
Paxson refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test to determine if he was intoxicated. Officers also found heroin, crack cocaine and a prescription drug on him, Green said.
Officer also collected a digital scale and two crack pipes, according to police records.
Paxson was acquitted of felonious assault, a felony, at a trial in May. He was accused of striking a police officer during an arrest a year ago. Paxson accused police of excessive force during that arrest last July and showed pictures of his severely bruised face.
During that arrest, police said Paxson had a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal limit and had cocaine and marijuana in his system.Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski.