PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware expressed concern when he told the Daily Times Monday, “People need to quit the bar fights. You never know when one punch is going to do someone in.”
A bar fight over the weekend sent a man to a Columbus hospital with serious injuries.
“This happened at the Eagles, 1666 Gallia St. on Nov. 3 (Sunday),” Portsmouth Police Detective Andy Dawes said. “Police were contacted a little after midnight. A fight had broken out inside the bar. During the fight, our victim, Eric Martin, 44, of Portsmouth, was knocked unconscious. He was transported to the hospital and he is stable.”
Ware said Martin was conscious and talking on Monday morning, and that he improving and was scheduled to be taken off a ventilator later on in the day.
Dawes said there have been no arrests and the incident is still under investigation.
“We have plans to travel up to the hospital and interview him,” Dawes said. “And we’re still rounding up a few more witnesses.”
A fight at a residence last week resulted in the death of a Portsmouth man and charges being filed against another man. James E. “Eddie” Loper, Jr., 51, of Center Street, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jonathan D. Clark, 44, of Mabert Road in Portsmouth.
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