Angola man charged with battery after assaulting officers

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Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 2:31 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - State police say an Angola man is charged with battery against a public safety official following a routine traffic stop Saturday night.

Around 11:30 p.m., 40-year-old Aaron J. Sylvia was pulled over on County Road 275 N, near County Road 85 W, by an Indiana State Trooper for a speeding violation, police said.

During the stop, the trooper asked for a K9 to search the vehicle for drugs. When Sylvia was asked to get out of the car, he became combative and resistant, hitting two troopers with multiple kicks and punches, a statement from state police said. Troopers tried to tase Sylvia, but it was not effective. Another trooper also engaged in a physical altercation with Sylvia. Sylvia was subdued after multiple other agency officers arrived to help.

Sylvia is in the Steuben County Jail with two felony charges of battery against a public safety official and battery against a public safety official engaged in official duty. Sylvia was also charged with resisting, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia, all misdemeanor charges.

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