For Immediate Release - August 19, 2011

Limbaugh Pleads Not Guilty To Assault On Danvers Officer

Roy Limbaugh, 58, last known address 37 Popes Lane, Danvers, pleaded not guilty today in Salem District Court to armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, and related charges for his alleged assault at about 5:30 this morning on Danvers Police Officer John Melto, a nine-year veteran of the force.

The officer was cut and sustained injuries to his neck and wrist, but is expected to survive his injuries.

Judge Sabita Singh ordered Limbaugh held without bail and continued his case until August 26 for a dangerousness hearing.

Limbaugh also pleaded not guilty to failure to register as a sex offender, subsequent offense, operating after the suspension of his license, subsequent offense, operating with a suspended registration, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, failure to appear on recognizance, resisting arrest, a number plate violation to conceal, and violating a municipal ordinance by having a knife with a blade measuring more than 2.5 inches.

Limbaugh was arrested about 90 minutes after the assault by Stoughton Police K-9 Officer John Lydston, and Massachusetts State Police Officer Sean Care of the Milton Barracks.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Patrick Collins represented the Commonwealth at today's arraignment. Limbaugh was represented by Attorney Christopher Norris.

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