Chester Nichols

Drugged-out suspect jailed after fighting police officer in McDonald’s: Police

An Ohio man is facing criminal charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer inside a McDonald’s last week.

Law enforcement was called to a Franklin McDonald’s on Friday evening following reports of a man possibly overdosing. Suspect Chester R. Nichols, 39, attempted to flee as Franklin police Officer Patrick Holland investigated at the scene, according to the Journal-News.

During the scuffle, police said Nichols ripped Holland’s Taser and holster off his vest before striking the officer several times. Nichols is also accused of attempting to take Holland’s gun from his holster.

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Franklin police Chief Russell Whitman told the newspaper that two McDonald’s employees and two EMTs helped Holland subdue Nichols. Officers recovered three syringes and a small off-white rock from his possession, according to a police report.

Nichols was hospitalized for facial injuries before he was taken to the Warren County Jail. The Journal-News reported that Holland was treated and released for a bruised hand.

Nichols was charged with felony assault on a safety officer, obstructing official business, and possession of drug abuse instruments. He’s currently being held on $25,000 bond.

His next court date is scheduled for November 27.

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[Featured image: Chester Nichols/Franklin City Police Department]