Police Sgt. William Ray said during that situation, Katchmar identified himself as a councilman and said police had no right to pull the friend over.  Katchmar said he sat on Ray's front bumper in protest but Ray said that never happened.  Ray said Katchmar ignored police orders to remain in his vehicle, and called two fellow officers for assistance.

Ray said Katchmar later apologized for his behavior.

"A friend was going to give me a ride," said Katchmar.  "It was unfair.  The officer was in a bad spot.  The situation was not hostile."

Another officer, Jeffrey Buckner, said that during the May incident Katchmar never said he was assaulted, only accosted, and failed to mention some details of the incident.  Buckner also said Katchmar declined to provide a written statement "because it would take too long."

In closing arguments, defense attorney Roger Larsen said Katchmar's unwillingness to provide a written statement shouldn't be viewed by the jury as a sign of guilt.

"Alcohol and memory don't mix well," Larsen said.  "There was a mess of testimony in this trial.  Katchmar got defensive about his spouse.  There were mistaken assumptions.  Alcohol impaired (participants) in significant ways.  It made the situation much worse and (it) never should have happened."

Zamarripa delivered a different message to the jury.

"Don't let a grown man use alcohol as an excuse for his actions," she said.

Kotchmar will be sentenced March 12.  Lockhart, 60, has already pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor  third-degree assault and will be sentenced March 12.

The Martins were not in the courtroom during testimony and closing arguments.