Oak Harbor man faces multiple charges in Dec. 5 bar brawl, fighting with police

A 23-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted three people in a bar, broke a man’s jaw and then fought with police, according to court records.

Prosecutors charged Matthew R. Davison in Island County Superior Court Dec. 10 with assault in the second degree, two counts of assault in the fourth degree and resisting arrest.

Davison is being held on $25,000 bail and was ordered to have no contact with the three alleged victims.

Davison is accused of punching and seriously injuring a fellow patron at the Football Bat Sports Bar and Grill in Oak Harbor Dec. 5.

Officer Chris Peabody with the Oak Harbor Police Department responded to the assault. He reported surveillance video shows Davison struck the fellow patron unprovoked. The victim was identified as 28-year-old Jerry Zimmerman of Oregon.

Zimmerman was knocked unconscious. Doctors later determined he had a broken jaw, according to the report.

After the assault, Davison’s three friends attempted to retain him. Davison allegedly punched two of the men in the face, Peabody reported.

Officers later found Davison hiding nearby. He allegedly resisted arrest and tried to kick the officers. He was transported to Oak Harbor Jail, where he repeatedly kicked the door of a holding cell. Officers decided to transport him to Island County Jail, but he resisted getting into the police car and had to be tased, the report states.

During the drive to the jail, Davison allegedly threatened that he had been hiding near the Football Bat when the officers were investigating the assault. He said he had an “AR-15 rifle” and could have taken the officers “out” at any time, the officer wrote.


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