Hotel clerk arrested for punching sheriff's deputy

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The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office: VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- On September 29, 2008, at approximately 6 A.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of an intoxicated person at the Wildflower Inn located in the 6000 block of Highway 179.

Deputies met the informant who is an employee at the Inn and was coming on duty for the 6 A.M. shift. She told deputies that upon her arrival, the night shift employee, 23-year-old Henry Welzel (from Mesa), was found passed out on the floor of the office. The informant also located another male passed out nearby and numerous beer cans lying around the room. She tried to wake employee Welzel, but he would not respond and she became concerned for his welfare and the reaction arriving patrons would have at this situation.

Deputies attempted to wake Welzel, identifying themselves as peace officers repeatedly, but were not initially successful. After several attempts, Welzel was eventually roused and came to a standing position. Deputies suggested that Welzel go to his room at the Inn, but he refused and began using the office computer. When one of the deputies attempted to move the computer keyboard away from Welzel, he punched towards the deputy. As an assisting deputy attempted to control Welzel, he was punched by Welzel who was then wrestled to the floor. Welzel continued to struggle and was eventually subdued when deputies used an electric stun gun. He was handcuffed without further incident and transported to the Camp Verde Detention Center.

Welzel was booked on two felony counts charging Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer. An initial breath alcohol analysis test resulted in a reading of .21. As a basis of comparison, Arizona's extreme DUI level is .15.

The other male, apparently an acquaintance of Welzel, was allowed to leave.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov