SAN TAN VALLEY — An Apache Junction man is facing charges after he allegedly kicked a Pinal County deputy who was trying to detain him.
According to Pinal County Superior Court records, James P. Nehl, 31, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
At 3:23 p.m. on Feb. 15, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls of a reckless driver near Gantzel and Combs roads in San Tan Valley. A deputy responding to the call observed a vehicle weaving in and out of the turn lane. He also saw the driver, later identified as Nehl, allegedly slam on his brakes twice. Each stop was hard enough to lock up the brakes on the vehicle and create skid marks.
Nehl then turned onto East Bella Vista Road and stopped the vehicle. The deputy noted that Nehl had red, glossy eyes and there was a strong odor of alcohol. The officer noted that during a field sobriety test, Nehl had six cues indicating that he might be intoxicated. Nehl allegedly admitted to having two drinks and smoking some marijuana.
At the station, Nehl allegedly refused to consent to a blood draw and a warrant had to be written to draw his blood. While Nehl was sitting in a holding cell, he allegedly called 911 saying that he had been falsely arrested.
After getting a warrant, deputies brought Nehl into a room to have his blood drawn. Nehl allegedly refused to have his blood drawn and struggled with deputies. Deputies had to hold him down in order to draw blood.
Nehl also allegedly flailed and kicked at deputies as they tried to walk him to a vehicle to transport him to the Pinal County jail. After striking one deputy, Nehl was put in leg restraints and forcibly put into a patrol vehicle.