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Man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of a syringe

Courier-Times Staff Report

After a New Castle man pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a syringe Monday in Henry Circuit Court 3, several other charges pending against him were dismissed. 

Carl G. Clements, 50, was arrested in December 2017 and charged with unlawful possession of a syringe, battery against a public safety official, intimidation, criminal confinement, domestic battery, interfering with reporting a crime, resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, with a habitual offender enhancement, according to court documents. 

However, per the terms of a plea agreement filed March 5, Clements pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a syringe as a Level 6 Felony and the remaining charges were dismissed, though an admission of being a habitual offender was made, court records indicate. Clements received one year in prison for his guilty plea, with 112 days credit given for time previously served, and 112 days of good-time credit. 

Because of the habitual offender enhancement, Clements was also sentenced to two years in the Indiana Department of Correction, which was to be served consecutively, or after the sentence for the unlawful possession of a syringe conviction, is complete. 

A report from the New Castle Police Department indicates the incident took place at a home in the 800 block of S. 22nd St. While en route to the residence, dispatch advised they heard a male subject say he would cut someone’s throat, the report stated.

When police arrived and confronted Clements, he allegedly began yelling for officers to shoot and kill him. Clements was asked repeatedly to get on the ground but would not comply, the report said. Officers tased him, but not all the taser barbs connected with Clement’s skin. Instead, officers used the taser’s drive stun, meaning he was tased without the barbs deploying. While struggling with officers, Clements allegedly kicked one of them in the leg, causing a bruise.

Clements was forced to the ground and asked to remove his hands from underneath his body, but failed to obey law enforcement commands and was tased again before being placed in handcuffs, the report said.

Officers found a black folding knife in a pocket of Clements’ pants, as well as a syringe.

The woman Clements allegedly threatened said she tried to leave the residence after Clements started calling her names, but he wouldn’t let her leave the home. When she took out her phone and called 911 and tried to walk past him, Clements allegedly kicked the woman in the ribs, took out a knife and threatened to slit her throat before breaking her cell phone, the report said.

The habitual offender enhancement was sought because Clements was previously convicted of theft, burglary and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Also as part of his plea agreement, a second case against Clements, a charge of domestic battery, which was filed in February, was dismissed.