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Man faces felony count

FAIRMONT — A Truman man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Steven Alan Persinger, 32, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On May 31, Martin County Sheriff’s deputies and a Truman police officer responded to a disturbance at a residence in Truman. Upon arrival, one of the deputies spoke with a man who said he called 911 because he was outside his home and heard screaming coming from another residence.

The deputy then spoke to two other individuals who said the male involved in the disturbance was Persinger. They said Persinger threw a hammer at them while they were standing outside, and showed the deputy the hammer and the damage to the siding where it struck their house.

While standing outside, the deputy observed a male walking between houses to the south. The deputy identified himself to the male and told him to stop. The male was identified as Persinger.

The deputy advised Persinger that he would be detaining him, placed him in handcuffs and escorted him to his squad car. Dispatch advised the deputy that Persinger was on probation and conditions included no use of alcohol. While walking Persinger to the squad car, the deputy could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Persinger’s breath.

The deputy informed Persinger that he was under arrest and began to search him. Persinger head-butted the squad car, leaving a dent in the vehicle, and refused to provide a breath sample.

While the deputy transported Persinger to the Martin County Jail, Persinger said he had been drinking and had thrown the hammer at his neighbor.

At the law enforcement center, Persinger was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. Persinger said two people were trespassing on his property. Persinger also said he threw the hammer at his neighbors, believing they were the ones who were trespassing. Persinger admitted to consuming alcohol.

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