Drunk, combative Wakeman man indicted

Cary Ashby • Jun 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM

An intoxicated Wakeman man accused of being combative during a May 4 traffic stop was indicted by a Huron County grand jury Wednesday.

Matthew T. Grose, 25, of 2342 Fitchville River Road, pretended to pass out and reportedly refused to cooperate during the Woodlawn Avenue incident, police said. Norwalk Police Officer Timothy Skinner first reported seeing Grose head east without stopping for a stop sign near the intersection of Main and Foster streets.

Grose's eyes were glassy and bloodshot when he was out of his vehicle, Skinner wrote in his report, and became belligerent after Skinner requested Grose walk toward him while three women gathered nearby. The women had been in the car.

Skinner said he was forced to grab Grose's arm as he walked past him while attempting to get into a nearby house. Grose, who told the officer not to touch him, pulled away from the officer, pushed into Skinner and kicked at him with his right leg as Skinner said he attempted to double-lock the handcuffs.

When Skinner took Grose to the ground, Grose went down on his knees, Chief Dave Light said earlier. While Grose initially didn't hit his face on the concrete, Grose later head-butted the ground twice, saying Skinner was assaulting him and caused several cuts on his forehead, the chief said.

Capt. Eric Hipp responded to Skinner's earlier call for assistance and assisted Skinner with placing Grose in the back of Hipp's sport utility vehicle.

"The guy refused to take any of the (sobriety) tests. He said he already had three DUIs and this would be his fourth," Light said soon after Grose's arrest. "He went on being argumentative throughout the night."

On Wednesday, Grose was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The following suspects also were indicted Wednesday:

n Carlos L. Contreras, 30, of 82 N. Foster St., on theft in connection with an incident between March and May. He has been in custody at the Huron County Jail since May 20.

n Brian L. Harvey, 30, of 26 Glover St., on harassment by an inmate in connection with a March 28 incident.

In other action, the grand jurors transferred the theft case against Ronald W. Blankenship, 20, of Huron, back to Norwalk Municipal Court for possible prosecution. The first-degree misdemeanor stems from a Nov. 25 incident.

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