LORAIN — Assault suspect Curtis Bryant’s problems didn’t end Friday when he was booked at the Lorain City Jail.
Police said video surveillance showed Bryant snorting what they believe was cocaine in a jail cell.
“Curtis denied any such action and told us that he was just picking the paint from his fingernails,” police Officer Jeremy Gray wrote in a report. “It was later confirmed by reviewing the jail’s cameras that Curtis surreptitiously conveyed a drug of abuse into the jail holding cell.”
Gray wrote that he had seized a small amount of cocaine from Bryant when he was booked. Police spokesman Lt. Mark Carpentiere said it’s rare for drug use to occur in a jail cell, and police will investigate how Bryant allegedly had drugs on him after being searched.
Bryant was arrested after he allegedly spat in the face of Brittney Bryan, his brother’s ex-wife, in his brother’s home in the 1300 block of New Mexico Avenue about 7:20 p.m. Friday. Bryant also lives in the home.
Bryan, who told Gray she has a degenerative disc problem in her back, said Bryant also shoved her into a brick wall after demanding she leave the home.
Gray wrote that Bryant repeatedly head-butted the police cruiser window after being handcuffed and threatened to punch Bryan when he was released. Bryant also threatened to assault Gray after being released, according to the report.
The arrest was not the first for Bryant. He has an extensive criminal record that includes convictions for assault, assaulting a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon.
Bryant, 42, was charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, possession of cocaine, illegal conveyance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to disclose identification, attempted vandalism and littering. Bryant was being held Monday at the Lorain County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
He is due back in Lorain Municipal Court on May 2.