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Man on probation allegedly fights police

Courier-Times Staff Report

A New Castle man remained in jail Monday and is facing several charges of fighting law enforcement.

New Castle police were called to the Morton Street neighborhood early Saturday morning on a report of a suspicious vehicle circling the area.

Officers report locating the vehicle and stopping it for traffic violations.

The driver, identified as Robert Lee Robinson, 33, of New Castle, exhibited “extreme erratic behavior and kept continually reaching into various compartments inside the vehicle,” the police report stated.

According to the report, Robinson refused to exit the vehicle and had to be forcibly removed, at which time he began fighting with law enforcement.

Police reported Robinson resisted their attempts to restrain him. The report alleges Robinson battered one law enforcement officer and attempted to disarm an officer of a Taser.

Robinson was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting arrest, battery on law enforcement, attempting to disarm law enforcement, possession of a controlled substance, dealing in a Schedule 4 drug and maintaining a common nuisance.

Court records indicate Robinson had been previously arrested in 2016 on charges of battery against a public safety official, intimidation to commit a forcible felony and resisting law enforcement.

Robinson pled guilty in March 2018 to Level 6 felony battery against a public safety official. As part of the plea agreement, the other charges were dismissed.

Per his 2018 plea agreement, Robinson was sentenced to 730 days to the Indiana Department of Corrections. He was given credit for 51 actual days served in jail prior to sentencing and an additional 51 good time credit days. The remaining 628 days were suspended and Robinson was placed on formal probation for 628 days.

Robinson was still housed in Henry County Jail Monday. Official charges and court dates had not been set as of press time.