Police bodycam video shows arrest of a drunk man, Ohio

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States, January 12, 2017 – An employee of Cleveland’s law department was arrested Thursday on suspicion of public intoxication, according to police reports.

Christopher Heltzel, 31, of Cleveland Heights, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday on Mayfield Road near Kenilworth Road in Cleveland Heights. No formal charges have been filed in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court.

A citizen called police and reported a man acting in a “bizarre manner,” police reports say.

Officers noted in police reports that Heltzel was standing outside his car “flailing his arms wildly” with music blaring from the speakers.

Heltzel appeared intoxicated, police reports say. He identified himself to police as an assistant Cleveland prosecutor.

Heltzel was described in police reports as “extremely antagonistic and combative.” He quoted case law and told police about his extensive knowledge in criminal law, police reports say.

Officers reported they explained to Heltzel that they were checking on a complaint from a citizen, police reports say. Heltzel smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and glassy eyes, according to police.

Officers asked him if he had been drinking and Heltzel told them he last had alcohol about four hours prior, police reports say.

Heltzel told officers he was listening to an album and was having a good time.

The officers wrote that they believed he was causing alarm, annoyance and inconvenience to residents and arrested him on suspicion of drunken disorderly conduct.

Heltzel was taken to the Cleveland Heights City Jail “with great difficulty because he continued to be antagonistic and combative,” police reports said.

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