Drunken dispute at restaurant lands Harwich man in jail

HPD: Suspect reportedly throws belt at sergeant during booking, urinates on cell floor
Joshua Hollis of Harwich has been charged with domestic assault following an incident at a local eatery. Harwich Police Dept. booking photo.

HARWICH - An alleged drunken dispute at an East Harwich restaurant Saturday night landed a Harwich man in jail. According to a Harwich police release, officers were called to an unnamed restaurant around 8:20 p.m. for a reported domestic disturbance. Four officers arrived to find what they described as an "uncooperative, combative and highly intoxicated" man identified as 29-year-old Joshua Hollis of Harwich.

After some reported resistance, Hollis was taken into custody. The female victim told police she had argued with Hollis about wanting to drive home from the restaurant because of the amount Hollis had had to drink. A physical altercation reportedly took place in the vehicle and when the woman tried to escape, Hollis is alleged to have wrapped his arm around her neck and pulled her back inside. The victim told police she was able to get away and went back inside the restaurant where a call to 911 was made.

Officers transported Hollis to the Harwich Police Station where he was reportedly told several times to remove his belt and when he did, he is alleged to have thrown it and struck Sgt. Adam Hutton. Hollis was charged with domestic assault and battery, disturbing the peace and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

When placed in a holding cell, police said Hollis urinated on the cell floor. He was held overnight on $500 cash bail and released in the morning. He was arraigned in Orleans District Court on Tuesday.

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