Warren man charged for drugs, assaulting police has bail request denied
A bail modification request from a man charged with assaulting police officers and possession with intent to deliver was denied on Friday.
Jason L. Nichols, 37, of Warren, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault; possession with intent to deliver; resisting arrest; three counts of endangering the welfare of children; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; driving while operating privilege suspended or revoked; driving an unregistered vehicle, and; make/repair/sell offensive weapons.
On behalf of Nichols, Public Defender John Parroccini asked Judge Gregory Hammond for a reduction in the $75,000 bail set in Nichols’ case.
“Mr. Nichols has indicated to me that he has no prior criminal record,” Parroccini said.
He said he recognized that the charges were serious in nature and involved violence and asked Hammond to consider a bail reduction.
First Assistant District Attorney Cody Brown said the commonwealth did not agree.
He said Nichols was caught with “13 grams of crystal meth” and assaulted police.
Brown also said Nichols has a seven-page criminal history.
“These are extremely serious charges,” Hammond said.
He pointed to Nichols history in the court system, saying that, even though his ability to see his children depend on him being drug-free, “at no time… in 14 months has Mr. Nichols not tested positive for methamphetamine.”
Hammond said there have been several chances for Nichols to receive help with his addiction problem.
“I think he presents a great danger to the community until he gets that issue under control,” Hammond said.
He then denied the request for bail reduction.