Former officer pleads guilty to battery for punching suspect

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A former northeastern Indiana police officer has pleaded guilty to battery and resigned after authorities say he punched a man who refused to have his blood drawn for a drunken driving investigation.

State police say 28-year-old Charles Smith of Fort Wayne entered the plea this week to the misdemeanor in Allen Superior Court.

The Associated Press left a message Friday with a lawyer listed in court records as representing Smith.

Police say the Fort Wayne officer was at Allen County Jail with the suspect in March when the man refused a breath test. Smith obtained a search warrant to draw the man’s blood, but the man reportedly refused to comply.

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Police say Smith tried to put the man in handcuffs, but he pulled away and Smith punched him three times.

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