York man to be sentenced in officer assault, obstruction case

YORK – Christopher Claypole, 45, of York, will be sentenced in May in a case involving officer assault and obstruction.

According to court documents, the York Police Department was dispatched to a local business on the report that a man was stumbling and falling. When the officer arrived, he asked the man if he was alright and the man, Claypole, said he was not.

Again, according to the affidavit filed with the court, the officer offered to take Claypole home as he appeared to be very intoxicated, but Claypole instead told the officer he was going to “beat his a**.” It was also noted in the affidavit he grabbed at the officer’s vest and tools. Once outside, Claypole said he needed his glasses and the officer went back inside to find them. While the officer was gathering Claypole’s backpack, he saw a liquor box and it was determined it had been stolen from the business.

According to court documents, Claypole tried to drink from the opened bottle of stolen liquor and refused officer commands. While the officer was attempting to arrest him, he continued to try to drink from the bottle and he fought against the officers who were trying to detain him. He also made comments, bragging about how he stole “some good sh**.”

Once at the jail, Claypole “became disruptive, kicking the cell door and screaming unintelligible words that could be heard throughout the jail. He maintained non-compliance and aggressive behaviors, fighting against law enforcement as he was removed from the cell (for his own safety). Once out of the cell, he began making threats to harm deputies and police officers.”

It was noted in court documents that Claypole has a lengthy criminal history to include convictions for robbery, narcotics possession, evading arrest, unlawful carrying of a weapon, assault causing bodily injury and criminal trespassing in Texas. In Arizona, he has convictions for aggravated assault, intentional assault, disorderly conducting. And in York, according to court documents, “he has continued to demonstrate his violent behaviors by having convictions for assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and trespassing.”

This week, he appeared in York County District Court where he entered into a plea agreement with charges being reduced. The initial charge of assault of an officer, a Class 3A felony, was amended to attempt, which is a Class 4 felony. He pleaded no contest.

He also pleaded no contest to obstruction of an officer, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The charge of theft by shoplifting was dismissed.



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