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Strong man charged with assaulting officer

Brett Anthony Jutras (Photo courtesy of Franklin County Detention Center)

FARMINGTON - A Strong man was charged with assaulting a Farmington Police Department officer, after police administered Narcan to an unresponsive individual found in a vehicle in an intersection Wednesday night.

Brett Anthony Jutras, 43 of Strong, was arrested and charged with assault on an officer, a Class C felony, as well as three misdemeanors: operating under the influence of alcohol, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and operating without a license. All of the charges stem from an incident that police say occurred Wednesday evening at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and High Street.

According to the arrest affidavit filed with the Farmington court system by FPD Officer Jacob Richards, at approximately 9:30 p.m. police responded to a report of an unresponsive person behind the wheel of a vehicle at the intersection of High and Franklin Avenue. Richards and Officer Brandon Sholan located the unresponsive man and removed him from the vehicle to begin administering first aid. According to Sgt. Edward Hastings IV, Narcan, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids, was administered as part of that treatment.

While working with the unresponsive individual, Richards wrote in the affidavit, Jutras arrived at the scene on foot. He reportedly identified himself as an occupant of the vehicle and tried to push past Richards to reach the other individual. Richards, who indicated in the affidavit that he could smell alcohol on Jutras' breath, asked Jutras to step away as he continued to try and push past. Richards eventually told Jutras that he was going to detain him, at which point Jutras allegedly pushed Richards away.

Both officers got Jutras onto the ground and in handcuffs. Sholan was allegedly kicked by Jutras during that process.

According to the affidavit, witnesses at the scene indicated that Jutras had driven the vehicle and, once stopped at the stop sign, had pulled the passenger into the driver's seat prior to going for help.

The unresponsive man was revived at the scene after receiving treatment from officers as well as EMTs. He declined further treatment and was not transported.

Officer Sholan drove himself to Franklin Memorial Hospital and was then released. Hastings said that Sholan's injuries were minor.

Jutras was taken to Franklin County Detention Center. He reportedly had a conditional license that required he not operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.

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11 Responses »

  1. Was the overdosed individual arrested? Were there charges? Who pays for the narcan?

  2. States in article he was arrested, "According to the (((arrest))) affidavit filed with the Farmington court system by FPD Officer Jacob Richards, at approximately 9:30 p.m. police responded to a report of an unresponsive person behind the wheel of a vehicle at the intersection of High and Franklin Avenue. Richards and Officer Brandon Sholan located the unresponsive man and removed him from the vehicle to begin administering first aid".

  3. From reading the article the answer is no to your questions Townie. The last one is we the tax payers pay for the narcan.

  4. Dontcha' just love the party.

    Acting like poisoned animals.
    Oh wait, that's EXACTLY what it actually is.

    """Party Hearty Boys and Girls !!"""
    And end up like one of these folks.

    Sobriety,,
    Love God,,
    Do the best you can
    and you'll be fine.
    Peace.

  5. These two policemen responded to my home on a very sad night and were amazing. Please, judge, don't throw out the assault on them. They deserve our support. Guys, I am so sorry that you have to do this stuff and then get treated this way!

  6. "conditional license that required he not operate motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol." Isn't that how the rules are for everyone, or have I been playing this game all wrong?

  7. ‘He reportedly had a conditional license that required he not operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.’

    Hope both individuals get the help they need but am wondering...What license allows you to operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol?

  8. When someone has a conditional license that means they can not operate with any alcohol in their system.
    Everyone else can have up to the legal limit of .08
    People who have such condition on their license is due to a prior conviction for OUI.

  9. @ Call Me a Cynic and Question:

    He has 1 prior OUI - He has a license with conditions. The conditions state that he has a 0 tolerance for drinking and driving, where most people 21+ have a tolerance of 0.08. Very typical for those charged with OUI after serving their license suspension.

    Hope that helps!

  10. @ Call me a cynic:

    I believe a conditional license like that prohibits his operation of a vehicle with ANY amount of alcohol in his system. I believe he would be violation if he blew anything other than a 0.00BAC, where as you would be allowed to operate as long as you have under .08 BAC.

  11. Yet more proof, (as if any more were needed), that drugs and/or alcohol severely limit your ability to make good choices. Getting physical with an Officer acting in the line of duty is only ever going to end up badly. If not then, then later on.

    At least the gentleman in question is fortunate in that this is the USA, and the Farmington PD is a professional organization. Some places, (including some in the USA), pulling this sort of stupid is asking to get your butt whipped on the spot, followed by a "Attitude Correction" beating back at the station later....if you don't just get shot.

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