GENEVA – A Geneva man accused of punching, biting and spitting at police officers was charged with felony aggravated battery, police and court records show.
Nicholas E. Miller, 21, of the 1600 block of Keim Circle, Geneva, was charged Aug. 16, police and court records show.
Miller was also charged with two felony counts of obstructing or resisting a police officer causing injury, reports and court records show.
According to reports, police were called to a house in Keim Circle for a domestic dispute. Miller’s parents told police he was “catatonic” and staring at a wall and would not respond to them, reports stated.
As officers attempted to speak with him in the basement, Miller said, “I was just about to leave,” then ran up the stair and attempted to flee through an interior garage door, reports stated.
When one officer put his hand on Miller’s left arm to prevent him from fleeing, Miller turned and punched the officer in the left side of his face, reports stated.
Two officers pushed Miller to the ground to restrain him. When the same officer who had been punched attempted to restrain Miller’s head, Miller bit him under his left forearm, before he could be placed in handcuffs, reports stated.
After paramedics arrived to check on him, Miller spit in a second officer’s face and eyes while the officer was restraining him for the paramedics, reports stated.
The officer who was spit on was also scratched on his right cheek and head during the struggle to restrain Miller, reports stated.
The two aggravated battery charges are Class 2 felonies, punishable by four to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted.
The two resisting or obstructing an officer causing injury charges are Class 4 felonies, punishable by one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted.
Miller was released after posting $3,000 bail or 10% of the $30,000 bond that was set.
Miller is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 18.