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October 11, 2012

Gloucester District Court: Man gets jail time for assaut on police

A Gloucester man was handed jail time after pleading guilty to charges of disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer in Gloucester District Court last Friday.

David Witham, 21, of 187 Washington St., was sentenced to six months in jail with 43 days deemed served.

Police arrested Witham after responding to a report of a fight in Burnham’s Field in May. When an officer told a group of people there to leave, Witham started cursing at him.

Police then told Witham that he was under arrest for disturbing the peace. When an officer tried to handcuff him, Witham tried to grab him, and the two went to the ground. After he was handcuffed, Witham allegedly tripped him and the two fell to the ground again.

Witham, according to police reports, continued cursing, and smashed his head repeatedly on the cruiser window when he was placed inside. The report also states that Witham threatened to kill an officer and was uncooperative during booking.

Police had him transported to Addison Gilbert Hospital, then filed criminal complaints.

Drunk driving charges brought against Patrick Ellis, 31, of 5 Old Bray St. in Gloucester were continued without a finding in Gloucester District Court.

Judge Joseph Jennings continued the charge for a year, assessed Ellis $600 in court costs, and suspended his license for 45 days.

Essex Police arrested him on Aug. 19 after receiving a report that an erratic operator was illegally passing cars and had pulled into a business.

On arrival, police saw two men who appeared to be intoxicated exiting the business and walking toward a vehicle. An officer then called a cab and sent the two men home in the taxi, but soon after saw Ellis return to the parked vehicle and begin to drive the vehicle away.

The officer arrested Ellis.

Charges of driving on a suspended license brought against Douglas Denis, 43, of 31 Prospect Street were dismissed on payment of $200 in court costs.

Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 1-978-283-7000 x3455, or sfletcher@gloucestertimes.com. Follow him on Twitter at @stevengdt.

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