An Angola man has been charged with battering police officers during a Steuben County traffic stop Saturday night, Indiana State Police said today.
Aaron J. Sylvia, 40, was preliminarily charged with battery against a public safety official, battery against a public safety official engaged in official duty and three misdemeanors, state police at Fort Wayne said in a statement. He was being held at the county jail after medical evaluation and clearance at a local hospital.
State police said Trooper Ben Walker stopped Sylvia's vehicle about 11:30 p.m. after observing a speeding violation on County Road 275 North near County Road 85 West.
Based upon a reasonable suspicion, they said, he called Cpl. Alex Harris of the county sheriff's department, who had a narcotics K-9, to conduct an open-air search.
Walker asked Sylvia to exit the vehicle, state police said, but they allege Sylvia resisted doing so, punching and kicking both officers.
A third officer, state police Trooper Dan Burkey, arrived at the scene and also became involved in the altercation to restrain Sylvia, state police said. They said multiple other officers also arrived and Sylvia was restrained.
Walker, Harris and Burkey all received injuries that were evaluated and released without further medical attention, state police said. They said Walker also was assisted by Angola police and Indiana conservation officers.