A Vandalia man assaulted Vandalia Police Chief Christopher Hammann during an incident that took place on Tuesday, September 12 and has since received several charges.
Chief Hammann responded to the 300 block of Lindell for a report of a resident burning trash and creating smoke and a noxious odor blowing into surrounding businesses and residences in the area.
He had responded to the same address just three hours earlier for the same complaint and a female resident was given a warning to stop burning or be cited due to the complaints. The female subject said the fire would be put out.
When Chief Hammann arrived on scene for the second complaint, contact was made with a subject later identified as Donald Campbell, age 32, of Vandalia.
According to the probable cause statement, Chief Hammann explained to the suspect’s wife that since he was coming back to the residence for the same incident, he would be citing the resident for a municipal peace disturbance.
With his citation book in hand, Chief Hammann noted in his statement that Campbell appeared agitated at his arrival as Campbell walked swiftly from the garage to where the chief was at.
Campbell approached the chief in an agitated manner, become verbally abusive, and refused to identify himself.
After asking Campbell for his name, Campbell reportedly said an expletive back to the chief.
After asking a second time, Campbell reportedly said an expletive back and referenced that the chief knew who he was.
Chief Hammann instructed Campbell to step to his patrol car for identification and to receive a citation for the burning. At that time, Campbell pulled away and struck Chief Hammann in the face. A struggle ensued and the chief was eventually able to get control of the situation. Campbell’s wife, brother, and an unidentified male subject approached and reportedly were screaming “what is going on” and yelling obscenities.With the suspect on top of him, Chief Hammann was able to flip Campbell after bending his fingers to his knuckles.
He was then able to radio for back up.
Back up arrived on scene and Campbell was taken into custody and transported to the Vandalia Police Department, where he was processed on charges of resisting arrest and assault in the 3rd degree on law enforcement. Campbell was later transported to the Audrain County Jail.
Additional charges were added by the Audrain County Prosecutor of obstructing government operations. Bond was set at $10,000 cash only.
Individuals arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.