BLOOMINGTON — An Ellsworth man on his way into the McLean County Law and Justice Center to dispute a drunken-driving charge came to the building intoxicated and struck a court security officer during a struggle for his car keys, police said Wednesday.

When officers questioned Michael D. Schroyer, 48, about his alleged unsteady gait and asked if he had been drinking, Schroyer responded, “Hell, yeah. I drink every day,” according to sheriff’s police reports.

An account of Tuesday’s incident by a sheriff’s deputy indicates Schroyer struggled with officers as they attempted to take his car keys before he could leave the parking lot on the west side of the courthouse. During a struggle with police, Schroyer was pushed to the ground and suffered facial injuries, said a report.

Once at the jail, Schroyer allegedly refused to provide a breath sample to officers.

“The last time I did that they told me I had so much alcohol in my blood that I should have been dead. I think that machine was wrong. That’s why I’m here today. I am going to fight it. I got a hell of a tolerance, I guess,” the officer quoted Schroyer as saying. Schroyer’s comments reportedly were about traffic citations issued in March charging him with drunken driving and illegal transportation of alcohol.

A report of the March arrest indicates that Schroyer’s blood alcohol content was 0.336, more than four times the legal limit for driving.

The suspect was booked Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting arrest. He must post $525.

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