Oak Harbor bar brawler pleads guilty to assault

A 23-year-old Oak Harbor man who assaulted three people in a bar, one seriously, was recently sent to jail.

Matthew R. Davison pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Jan. 7 to one count of assault in the second degree and two counts of assault in the fourth degree.

As part of the plea bargain, a charge of resisting arrest was dismissed.

The judge sentenced Davison to three months in jail. He was ordered not to have contact with the victim most seriously injured for 10 years and the other two men for two years.

Davison punched and seriously injured 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 wrote in his report that surveillance video showed 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 that his jaw was broken.

After the assault, Davison’s three friends attempted to restrain him and he punched two of them in the face.

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


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