On Monday, a Lawrence County Deputy was dispatched to Lawrence 241 by the Lawrence County Dispatch Center after a 911 call reporting a domestic in progress. The deputy arrived to find an intoxicated male sitting in a vehicle in front of the residence drinking whiskey. The original called stated that Brian Bechtel was destroying her house and had struck an elderly female at the residence. Once the deputy encountered the male he asked him to exit the vehicle, the suspect refused. The deputy had to physically remove the male from the vehicle, after a short struggle the male was cuffed and detained.

As the deputy made contact with the victim, the suspect became vocal and began making threats in from of the deputy. The threats included bodily harm and the threat of burning the residence. The victim according to the deputy had visible marks on her and several items in the house had been damaged. After the deputy completed his investigation, he attempted to place the suspect in the patrol vehicle. Bechtel began to struggle and had to be forced into the vehicle. Bechtel refused to give the deputy and name or date of birth information. Once the deputy arrived at the Lawrence County Jail, the suspect refused to exit the vehicle, it took the deputy and two jailers to remove the suspect.

On Wednesday, Brian Bechtel went before Judge Jason Marshall via video link for a Bond Hearing. Judge Marshall placed a $50,000 Bond on Bechtel and gave him a January court date. A no contact order was also issued in the case. Bechtel is currently housed in the Lawrence County Jail.

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