Geophysicist, Accused of Dragging D.C. Cop and Pinning Him Down with a Baton, Claims He Was Just ‘Patting Him on the Back’

A divorced geophysicist allegedly caught on video dragging a police officer down the stairs of the U.S. Capitol Building says he was actually just expressing his respect for law enforcement, according to court papers unsealed on Wednesday.

Law&Crime previously reported on 51-year-old Jeffrey Sabol’s failed attempt to elude law enforcement by fleeing to Switzerland–after a failed attempt to take his own life. He was arrested late last week in a hospital just north of New York City following those efforts. Sabol is currently being held without bail.

Charged with one count of 18 U.S.C. §231(a)(3), attempting to interfere with law enforcement during a civil disorder, he faces five years in prison if convicted as charged.

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