A 26-year-old highly intoxicated felon leaving a city bar with the help of friends inexplicably tackled and punched an innocent bystander, according to Middletown Police.
On Oct. 28 at 1:30 a.m., police watching Mezzo's Grill on Court Street saw Kyle J. Northup, 26, of Rome Avenue leaving the bar highly intoxicated, the report says, with friends holding onto him as he yelled at everyone.
The officer saw a man walking with his girlfriend and Northup intentionally knocked him backward like "a football player would," the report says, then punching his face and walked in the road, almost getting hit by a car. The report says Northup yelled profanities at the driver. Two officers had to physically control him as he struggled against arrest, swearing at them, the report indicates.
He fell asleep in the car, police say, and "threw himself to the floor" in the sally port back at headquarters, charging the officer with assaulting him.
In the cell, police say, he swore, was behaving violently and urinated on the cell floor. He smelled of marijuana but officers could not find any, the report says, and he was processed several hours later due to his intoxication.
He is a convicted felon, police say, with a long court record of arrests and convictions for second-degree assault, assault of emergency personnel, second-degree trespassing, narcotics convictions, second-degree robbery, and second-degree breach of peace. In 2009, he was convicted for second-degree assault after shooting someone. He has two pending cases in the court system.
He was charged with reckless use of a highway by a pedestrian, interfering with an officer, breach of peace and third-degree assault.