A Lincoln man accused of assaulting a Gage County deputy earlier this year was arraigned in Gage County District Court.
Daniel L. Helmink, 42, stood silent in district court, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Helmink is charged with first-degree assault on an officer, assault on an officer with body fluid, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana following his arrest during the Gage County Fair.
The assault on an officer charge is a class 1D felony, punishable but three to 50 years imprisonment.
Gage County deputies responded to reports of an intoxicated man in the beer garden at the fair, and found that Helmink was belligerent and extremely intoxicated, and he had difficulty standing or walking.
Helmink was allegedly combative with deputies while being escorted out of the beer garden. He was handcuffed and taken to the command center at the fair. Once there, he called for a ride and waited for someone to arrive.
He was released to the woman who came to give him a ride and the handcuffs were removed. While driving away, Helmink allegedly rolled down a window of the car and shouted cuss words at a deputy and began punching the dashboard.
The driver stopped and asked deputies to take Helmink back before he damaged her vehicle.
When deputies attempted to remove him, court documents state he continually pulled away and resisted arrest. He spit on one deputy in the face and was put in a patrol vehicle.
During a search, deputies found a cigarette box in Helmink’s back pocket that contained a marijuana cigarette.
Documents state Helmink became more aggressive and was taken to the ground so deputies could place leg irons on his ankles.
Helmink was taken to a Lincoln detox center. While en route, he allegedly kicked the transport cage and banged his head on the walls of the vehicle multiple times, while also threatening to kick out the windows if the deputy didn’t pull the vehicle over.
A pretrial conference is set in the case for Jan. 18.