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Man pleads guilty to battering police officer

Robert J. Tartaglia
Robert J. Tartaglia
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Monday, May 15, 2017 12:57 pm

A Churubusco man has pleaded guilty to battering and injuring a Fort Wayne Police Department officer last November.

Robert J. Tartaglia, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in Allen Superior Court to battery with bodily injury to a public safety officer, a Level 5 felony.

According to terms of the plea agreement, Tartaglia would serve six months on work release, if eligible, and be on probation for 2 1/2 years. Additional charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana and public intoxication would be dismissed at sentencing June 20 if Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull accepts the plea.

Tartaglia admitted he pulled a fire alarm in the PNC Center and was being detained by an off-duty police officer at 11:12 p.m. Nov. 5 at Main Street and Maiden Lane until another officer arrived, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

When the officer arrived, Tartaglia then began throwing wild "haymakers" at the off-duty officer and they both went down to the ground. Another officer arrived and the two assisted the off-duty officer until Tartaglia could be restrained and handcuffed. While searching Tartaglia's person, the officers found marijuana on his person and his blood-alcohol content was .16 percent, the affidavit said.

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