By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon man faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of kicking and spitting on Yukon police officers.
Blaine Steven Gray, 28, was charged Sept. 26 in Canadian County District Court with assault and battery on a police officer, prisoner placing body fluid on government employees and public intoxication.
The charges stem from a Sept. 21st incident in Yukon.
Assistant District Attorney Walter Mengden alleges Gray “willfully and unlawfully” kicked officer Gabriel Grulkey “on the legs and torso striking him with the intent” to injure Grulkey “who was performing the duties of a police officer.”
That felony count is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a maximum $500 fine.
The defendant also is accused of “projecting saliva” on officer Collin Freeman and Lt. Zach Bradford “without justifiable or excusable cause” while they were performing their duties as Yukon Police Department employees, according to the charging document.
That felony count is punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum $1,000 fine.
Meanwhile, Gray was charged for being intoxicated at 1200 Lakeshore Drive.
That misdemeanor count is punishable by not more than six months in the county jail and/or a maximum $500 fine.
Gray was booked at 1:40 a.m. Sept. 22 into the Canadian County Jail in El Reno.
He made his initial court appearance Sept. 28 after being formally charged.
PHYSICAL FIGHT REPORTED
Allegations against Gray are detailed in probable cause affidavit signed by officer Grulkey.
Grulkey had been dispatched to 1200 Lakeshore in response to a disturbance involving a physical fight.
Other people at the scene told the officer that Gray was “very intoxicated” and “causing issues”, according to the court affidavit.
Officer Grulkey arrested Gray for public intoxication and tried to place him in the back seat of his patrol vehicle.
“During this process, Blaine started kicking me and attempted to kick other officers,” the affidavit reads. “Blaine then spit in two officers’ faces who were assisting in securing him in the patrol vehicle and continued to resist orders given by officers.”
Gray was taken to the Yukon city jail where he allegedly continued to be combative. He was later transferred to the county jail pending formal charges.
After reviewing officer Grulkey’s affidavit, Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse found probable cause for Gray’s continued detention.