Police: DUI suspect shoves officer

A motorist suspected of driving under the influence of intoxicants faces assault-related charges for allegedly becoming combative with two DUI Task Force officers who stopped him near Washington Boulevard and and Almond Street about 2 a.m. on March 3.

“I could smell a strong odor of an alcohol beverage on his breath. He was argumentative, and his speech was mumbled,” William Solomon, one of the officers, said of Steven Matthew Mitchelltree in an affidavit.

Mitchelltree, 32, of 1763 Randall Circle, became unruly and allegedly attempted to punch Solomon, the officer said in the affidavit.

Solomon, who is task force coordinator, lost his footing on some ice and fell backwards, the affidavit states.

Solomon’s riding partner, city police Lt. Brett Williams, began spraying pepper spray at Mitchelltree and Solomon had to use his stun gun to get the man under control. During the confrontation, Williams suffered a “stoved finger” Solomon said. Mitchelltree was released a short time later.

Blood tests revealed he had a blood-alcohol content level of .14 when he was pulled over, Solomon said of Mitchelltree.

Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, simple assault and resisting arrest, Mitchelltree was released on $15,000 bail.