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An Upper Saucon Township man who allegedly produced and sold methamphetamine out of his home claimed in court today that police officers broke his leg during his arrest.

Carl Deutsch, 50, said he was naked in his bed and having sex with his girlfriend when the Pennsylvania State Police barged into his home on the 4100 block of Kozy Korner Road and arrested him on April 8.

Deutsch was sentenced today to up to 23 months in prison after pleading no contest to two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and disarming a law enforcement officer.

Lehigh County Deputy District Attorney Michael Edwards said Deutsch twice attempted to grab the police officers’ guns and disarm them as they attempted to arrest Deutsch.

But Deutsch claims he could not see their guns in the dark and did not realize they were police officers. He disputed claims from Edwards that the police announced their presence with loudspeakers before entering the home.

“If they would have announced it, I wouldn’t have been in the middle of sexual relations,” Deutsch said during his sentencing hearing before Judge Doug Reichley.

“So you’re saying if you knew it was the police, you would have disengaged?” asked his defense attorney, Gavin Holihan.

“Of course,” Deutsch said.

Deutsch said he was on the ground with his wrists cuffed behind his back when two officers kicked his right leg, resulting in a fracture that left the bone protruding from his skin.

Pennsylvania State Police Capt. William Teper, commander of the Troop M region that includes Lehigh County, did not immediately respond to a phone message for comment.

Holihan said he does not believe Deutsch has previously filed any formal complaint against the police from the incident, nor is he considering civil litigation.

Edwards strongly disputed Deutsch’s recollection of the events, claiming the police announced their presence, carried flashlights and wore full police uniforms and gear.

“If he is going to say he didn’t know they were cops, that’s a ridiculous argument,” Edwards said.

Deutsch could have faced up to 10 years in state prison. Instead, Reichley sentenced him to 11 1/2 to 23 months in county prison followed by five years probation.

“For the next seven years, your butt is mine, and if you slip up you’re going to state prison,” Reichley said. “… I will not tolerate one inch of deviation from lawful behavior.”

By pleading no contest, Deutsch is not admitting he committed the crimes, but does admit there is enough evidence to convict him.

Deutsch has accrued more than $1 million in medical bills from his multiple hospitalizations and surgeries, which required a bone to be removed from his leg and a metal rod to be installed from his knee to ankle, Holihan said.

Deutsch said he suffered a flare-up on Feb. 28 and later learned he had contracted a staph infection from one of his surgeries, he said in court.

Police have said Deutsch possessed chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, including red phosphorus, iodine and pseudoephedrine. Records say they also found in the house a scale and a white powder residue that later tested positive for meth.

Edwards said Deutsch’s 80-year-old mother also lived in the same house with him.

Kimberly Fizer, 42, was also arrested in connection with the case. She was sentenced in June to one to five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance.

 

 

 

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