Oxford police reports: Dispute over hat leads to arrest

An officer was approached around 2:20 a.m. Oct. 31 in the 100 block of East High Street by a man claiming there was a fight in front of Skipper’s Pub and that, “He is going to kill him.”

As the officer responded he was approached by the victim, who had blood on his lips and face. He told the officer he had been assaulted by a man running across the street. There were two – one wearing a Cinderella costume and the other wearing a black jacket and khaki pants – and he identified the man in the khaki pants as his assailant running toward Campus Avenue.

The officer pursued the suspect, took him to the ground and placed him in handcuffs. A search produced three identifications, a Minnesota driver’s license for Mark Eliot Overman, an Illinois license in another name and a Connecticut license with yet another name.

The Illinois and Connecticut licenses returned as not on file and Overman was determined to be the actual license. He was found to be 19 and a Miami student. The officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and he also was in possession of a sealed bottle of tequila. Looking in his wallet, they found a small baggie of white powdery substance consistent with narcotics. He was placed in a police vehicle and taken to the police department for processing.

The man who originally approached the officer about the incident said that he had seen the victim get punched in the jaw while in CJ’s bar and later encountered Overman without the victim there. He said Overman had threatened to “kill” the victim in a dispute over a hat and later outside of Skipper’s he said Overman struck the victim in the face with a closed fist.

At the police department, Overman said he was aware he had punched the victim in the face and said the baggie of white powder was not his.

He was charged with assault, obstructing official business, offenses concerning underage persons and prohibited acts. He was taken to the Butler County Jail.

The two fake licenses, the tequila and the baggie with powdery substance were all placed into property with the powdery substance to be sent to the lab with additional charges pending.

Disabled car on RR tracks leads to OVI

An officer dispatched to check on a car on the railroad tracks in the area of South Main and East Chestnut streets found a black Ford Mustang off the roadway on the tracks with its front end down the embankment. The response was at 11:42 p.m. Oct. 27.

A man was nearby and when asked what happened he replied, “I lost control.” The officer noted he spoke with slurred speech and had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He was identified as Travis Fawley, 31. He was asked for his driver’s license and began fumbling in his wallet. The officer called for a tow truck to remove the vehicle.

He was asked how much he had to drink and replied, “Not that much” and was asked to define that and he replied by repeating the comment.

Fawley was asked to perform the standard field sobriety tests and had trouble understanding the instructions and performing them, with the officer indicating in the report having detected a total of 15 clues to intoxication in the three tests. He was found to be swaying and starting tests before being instructed to do so.

He was told he was under arrest for operating a vehicle intoxicated and handcuffed. At the police station, Fawley agreed to take the breathalyzer test but when given the instructions, reportedly replied, “I couldn’t do that sober.” He did, however, take the test and produced a 0.183 reading, more than twice Ohio’s 0.08 legal driving limit.

He was charged with OVI and reasonable control and released to get a ride home from his father. His car was impounded.

Throwing glass bottle draws attention

Officers on patrol had their attention drawn to a man throwing a glass liquor bottle at 11:58 p.m. Oct. 31 in an alley in the first block of South Main Street, causing it to break and hindering movement through the alley due to the broken glass.

The man was stopped for questioning and when he was asked for identification, he produced a fictitious Pennsylvania driver’s license. When they obtained a valid license from him, he was identified as Anthony James Lahna, 19 and a Miami student.

Officers could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and he was described as having slurred speech and watery eyes.

He was taken into custody and handcuffed. At the police station, Lahna volunteered that he had started drinking at 9 p.m. and was “black-out drunk.”

He was charged with offenses involving underage persons, prohibitions and disorderly conduct. He was released.

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