Kenai man scuffles with police

A Kenai man has been charged with multiple counts of assault on a police officer. 

Brian Hoge, 48, allegedly grabbed an officer by the neck after he was pulled over for a DUI in October of last year. 

Police report Hoge was agitated when pulled over at 12:41 a.m., Oct. 29, 2011 off of Tinker Lane and Kaknu Way. He allegedly had an odor of alcohol coming from his breath, thick speech and bloodshot watery eyes. 

Hoge initially refused to step out of his vehicle to perform a field sobriety test. While performing the test he was uncooperative, according to court records. 

As Officer Morgan Ezell attempted to place the alleged offender under arrest, Hoge pulled his arm away. Officer Trevor Miller attempted to aid Ezell but was grabbed around the neck and pulled to Hoge’s chest, according to court records. 

Hoge was pepper sprayed and shot twice with a Taser before releasing the officer, who complained of pain in his neck, back, shoulders, jaw and teeth, according to court records. 

Hoge has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, fourth degree assault, refusing to submit a chemical test, DUI and resisting arrest. 

All of the second- and third-degree assault charges are felonies, and three of those charges are specified as intent to cause harm with a dangerous weapon. According to Alaska law, when a person places their hands on another person’s neck the hands are classified as a weapon. 

Hoge remains at Wildwood Correctional Center. Bail has been set at $10,000.

Trial is set for March 5 at the Kenai Courthouse.

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