A Sterling man was convicted Thursday of assaulting a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy while he was being taken to a magistrate’s office in connection with a domestic violence incident.
Mitchell Edward Arterberry III, 25, will be sentenced on April 10 by Judge J. Howe Brown Jr., who presided over the trial.
The jury that convicted Arterberry recommended a four-year prison sentence.
Arterberry was arrested July 10 after deputies responded to a call in the early morning hours about a couple arguing outside a home in Sterling.
Upon their arrival, deputies found Arterberry to be intoxicated and extremely agitated, according to the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Arterberry continued to yell and became combative with deputies as they tried to deescalate the situation. Following his arrest, the deputy taking Arterberry to the Magistrate’s Office had to pull over and request backup to secure Arterberry in leg restraints because he was kicking and screaming inside the deputy’s vehicle, according to reports.
The deputy was then forced to pull over a second time, request backup, and re-secure Arterberry who had broken free from his leg restraints. It was during this second stop that Arterberry continued to resist and in the process kicked the deputy in the groin, causing him to fall to the ground.
Arterberry’s prior criminal history dates back to 2006 and includes convictions for disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and multiple convictions for assault and battery, public intoxication and driving while intoxicated, according to the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
“Law enforcement officers perform a dangerous job every day. They protect our community and help keep our citizens safe, and these laws are in place to protect them. Those individuals who choose to escalate situations without cause and unnecessarily harm our Deputies need to be held accountable for their actions” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman in a prepared statement. “The jury spoke for the community by recommending a four year prison term, which highlights how seriously we as a community wish to protect those that keep us safe.”
Arterberry also has two pending charges for violating a protective order and potentially faces re-imposition of previously suspended jail time for driving while intoxicated, second offense and domestic assault and battery charges in Loudoun County, officials with the commonwealth attorney’s office said.
Arterberry remains held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
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