CHANDLER (3TV/CBS 5) -- A man in custody for allegedly driving under the influence is facing new charges after assaulting Chandler detention officers.
On Dec. 26, 2019, Kevin Lyons was being taken to see a judge at the Chandler Municipal Court holding facility for a warrant in the City of Chandler for driving under the influence. Lyons was taken into custody the day prior for his warrant in Buckeye near I-10 and Verrado Way.
Around 9 a.m. on the 26th, a detention officer attempted to take Lyons before a judge. Court documents state that when the officer tried escorting Lyons out of his holding cell, Lyons became combative.
Surveillance video shows a struggle between Lyons and the two detention officers in the holding area. Video shows during the struggle Lyons attempting to use his handcuffs to strangle one of the detention officers.
One of the officers briefly left to call the Chandler Police Department for assistance, and during that time, the other detention officer is able to subdue Lyons and hold him down until additional officers arrived.
The officer Lyons attempted to strangle was treated by the Chandler Fire Department for lacerations to his face and ear, while the other officer received a minor injury from being kicked by Lyons.
After the incident, Lyons told officers while being interviewed that he took both officers to the ground and, “almost took his life,” referring to the officer he attempted to strangle.
Lyons said he was training in martial arts and wrestling, and that his intention was to choke out the detention officer with the handcuffs.
In court documents, Lyons also claimed detention officers had offered to remove his handcuffs earlier, but he refused, stating that he, “kept the cuffs for a reason.”
Lyons reportedly told officers he had been previously convicted for assaulting officers.
Lyons was booked into the Maricopa County Jail and faces two aggravated assault charges against a correction officer.