Broken nose results in felony charge for Oak Harbor man
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
November 18, 2011 · Updated 2:33 PM
A 19-year-old Oak Harbor man was charged with a felony for allegedly attacking a Navy man and breaking his nose, court documents indicate.
Prosecutors charged Calvin Caudell in Island County Superior Court Nov. 7 with assault in the second degree.
Oak Harbor Police Officer Manuel Silveira was on patrol on Midway Boulevard early in the morning of April 23 when he saw a man punching someone on the ground. Silveira ordered the aggressor, later identified as Caudell, to get off the man who was lying on the sidewalk bleeding, according to the officer’s report.
Silveira noted in his report that the victim, who was 22 years old at the time, had blood running from his nose and mouth, as well as a bruised and bloodshot eye that was swelling shut.
The victim said he and a friend, who had left the scene, were walking home from a downtown nightclub. They encountered Caudell and his friend near the bowling alley and the two groups exchanged words.
The man said Caudell punched him, knocking him to the ground, and then kept punching him, the report states.
Likewise, Caudell told the officer that the man was “talking smack” so he punched him and then kept punching him when he was on the ground. But he later said he had acted in self defense.
Silveira administered a breathalyzer test on Caudell at the jail; it showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.184, about double the legal limit for driving.
The victim was treated at Whidbey General Hospital and was diagnosed with a nasal fracture, court documents show.
If convicted of the charge against him, Caudell would face from three to nine months in jail under the standard sentencing range.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.