Walter Mencken 11:31 a.m., Feb. 1
Vista man bloodied when arrested during under-aged party
Forty-six-year-old man denies resisting arrest charges
The deputy said it was a “typical” underage-drinking-party, with more than 200 persons overflowing the home into the street, and persons holding bottles were yelling “fuck the cops” and “fuck you pigs!”
Sheriff’s deputy Frank Leyva said he and four other deputies responded to the home at 421 Hillway Drive in Vista, after neighbors complained about the loud party and suspicions of children drinking alcoholic beverages.
It was after 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, and the deputy found, “The whole street was lined with cars everywhere.” It was November 24, 2012, two days after Thanksgiving. Deputy Leyva said officers tried to find an adult at the party to “quiet down” the festivities, and turn off the music. “They were met with a lot of resistance.” The single-mother of three children who apparently lived at the home, was not immediately located by officers.
The deputy said he stood in the street for more than an hour, directing traffic and trying to disperse cars on the congested street, which terminated in a dead-end, a cul de sac.
Deputy Leyva said he was speaking to a female that was trying to go towards the party-house, when a man approached and said, “Get the fuck out of the way!” The deputy said the man ignored his orders to stop, and deputy Leyva said he put the man onto the hood of a car that was stopped in the street, with its engine running. The deputy said the man continued to ignore his orders to “stop resisting,” and their arms and legs became entangled, and both men went to the ground.
“He cut his head open,” the deputy said. Other deputies assisted, and a taser and flashlight were used on the “non-compliant” man, who was eventually put into the back of a patrol car and taken to hospital.
Eric Gregory Campbell, 46, now pleads not guilty to two counts of resisting arrest. He claims he was not part of the loud party, which he believes was hosted by the teenaged daughter of the woman who lived in the home. Eric Campbell said he rented a room downstairs in the home, and his girlfriend normally visited him on Saturday nights. He said he went out to the street when his girlfriend phoned him and asked where she should park.
Eric Campbell denies speaking rudely to the deputy. “I know how to address police officers,” he said. Campbell claims he was provoked that night, when a female deputy asked him why he was partying with under-aged females; the party attendees were reportedly of highschool age, invited by a 17-year-old girl who lived there.
A judge threw out one felony charge, “battery upon an officer,” but ordered Eric Gregory Campbell to answer two resisting-arrest-charges, after a preliminary hearing on January 15, 2013. The defendant pleads not guilty, and said he looks forward to a jury trial, in San Diego’s North County Superior Court.
Campbell is free on his own recognizance, has retained private attorney Bradley Corbett to represent him, and his next day in court is set for February 20.
Image: Deputy Leyva, prosecutor, defense attorney, and Eric Campbell in court. Photo Weatherston.
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