Harrison came before Judge George Helinski June 25 on charges of battery, of disturbing the
peace and hindering public pass and of causing a disturbance in connection with
the use of an alcoholic beverage – all related to an incident on March 31, 1995.
Officer Richard Spaulding of the Garrison precinct testified
he detected the strong odor of alcohol when Harrison
stumbled in front of his patrol car at
that night and later stumbled into the northbound lane of Reisterstown
road, causing vehicles to swerve to avoid him.
After Harrison said he wished to
drive home, Spaulding said he tried to dissuade him from driving (later
testimony revealed Harrison’s car was parked at the time
at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club) and offered to take him back to the
station house to get a cab.At the
Garrison station, he swore at Spaulding, refused to take a cab and pushed him
out of the way, according to Spaulding, who at that point arrested him for
Harrison screamed and yelled and,
after he was handcuffed, sang an obscene phrase at least 45 times, said
Spaulding.“The rest of the prisoners
and other officers started to count.”
Harrison’s lawyer, Steven Allen,
contended at the trial that Harrison was arrested simply
because “the officer came upon somebody who was not compliant.”
SUN, August 14, 1997
SLAIN WOMAN’S SPOUSE CHARGED AFTER ALTERCATION AT AIRPORT
James J. Harrison Jr., whose wife’s slaying remains a
mystery, was arrested Tuesday and charged with punching an airport police
officer after US Airways had refused to let him board a plane for Florida.(According
to court documents, the reason for the refusal was that he appeared to be
Harrison was charged with disorderly
conduct, second degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.He was released on his own recognizance
shortly before yesterday.
As he was being released, Harrison
scrawled, “I am completely innocent!” above his signature on court documents…..
It was the third time in two years that Harrison
had been arrested on charges of assaulting police officers while drunk.