Delaware County indicted former Ohio State offensive lineman Kirk Barton on Friday stemming from a June 1 incident at the Bogey Inn following a day at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin.
The Inn's management phoned the Sheriff's office and requested the removal of Barton, whom they judged to be intoxicated after stumbling into multiple guests.
Delaware County Sheriff's deputies escorted Barton into a waiting taxi. Communication broke down, and the ensuing dispute resulted in deputies tasering and arresting Barton.
Carl O'Brien with the Delaware County Prosecutor said, "The owner of the Bogey requested an intoxicated male patron be escorted out of the establishment. The patron became uncooperative and slammed Deputy Andrew Lee's arm in the door of a taxi as Deputy Lee attempted to secure safe transport for Mr. Barton."
Delaware County charged Barton with one count of assault, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of obstructing official business, a fifth degree felony.
Fourth-degree felonious assault is punishable by a prison term of six to 18 months in prison fines of up to $5,000. If obstruction of official business creates a risk of harming someone, it's a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in jail.
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