According to Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton, Christopher Campbell was stopped for a minor offense of speeding.

Christopher Campbell was sentenced to serve one year in the Marion County Jail after a trial in December. Campbell was convicted of assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and driving while intoxicated. He was previously placed on probation for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor domestic assault.

According to Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton, Campbell was stopped for a minor offense of speeding.

“His refusal to cooperate in what would’ve resulted in merely a fine, escalated to a refusal to cooperate with officers. That led to requiring Hannibal Police officers to forcibly detain him, the duration taking nearly an hour. He continually verbally berated officers, threatened their lives, and had to be taken into custody with restraints,” Clayton said in a press release.

One officer suffered a minor injury during the altercation. The defendant appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and likely drugs, due to his seeming incomprehension of the necessity to cooperate with officers. He is a St. Louis native with a prior felony for tampering with a motor vehicle.

“This defendant faced misdemeanor offenses which may not be as much of a concern to many. But, his blatant disregard for authority and his constant verbal abuse and threats to officer safety, warranted a stiff penalty,” Clayton continued. “The community needs to know that even with lower end offenses, if you lash out violently, there will be consequences. This case is important because it demonstrates that even with seemingly benign traffic stops, law enforcement can face unexpected and violent reactions from suspects. They need to be recognized for the difficulty of their jobs.”

The defendant is housed in the Marion County jail to serve his sentence.