Police: New Castle man spit on police, threatened to shoot security guard

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Thomas Kochell

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – A New Castle man who crashed his parent’s car into a wooded area in March spit in an officer’s face and drew blood when he scratched another officer’s hand, police say.

Thomas Kochell was taken to the hospital after the March 27 crash. According to court documents, the vehicle, which belonged to his parents, went off the road in the 1700 block of North 16th Street and then struck a fence, guard rail and trees.

Kochell, who is now 21 years old, was 20 at the time of the crash. Tests showed his blood alcohol content was more than twice the state’s legal limit. Police couldn’t get him out through the doors because they were damaged in the crash. They eventually pulled him out through the rear window.

After the crash, Kochell began crying and told officers, “I want to die,” court documents said. He had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, police said, and also displayed unsteady balance. Police had to lean him against a tree to keep him from falling.

At the hospital, Kochell submitted to a blood draw, but he became “increasingly combative and verbally abusive” toward the hospital staff and police, according to court documents. He called nurses “b******” and refused to answer questions; at one point, police said he threatened to shoot a hospital security guard after he left the hospital.

Kochell then began kicking and biting. While police tried to restrain him, he spit at one officer and cut another officer’s hand with his fingernails, drawing blood. Emergency room staff put a facemask over his mouth.

“Next time, I will do this on (Indiana State Road) 3 and hit a minivan with kids in it,” Kochell told police, according to court documents. “I hope I kill some kids.”

Kochell was transferred to St. Vincent in Indianapolis.

New Castle police arrested him in August. He faces eight counts, including battery against a public safety official, battery by bodily waste, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with BAC at .15 or above, public intoxication and illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.