An intoxicated 36-year-old man was accused of assault on a peace officer late Sunday night.
Sulphur Springs Police Cpl. Chris Rosamond was dispatched at 11:20 p.m. Aug. 30, to Pilot Travel Center, to a report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, Rosamond reported EMS was already at the Hillcrest Drive location. When medics contacted the man, he allegedly swung at them and became aggressive and belligerent. The man allegedly continued to be uncooperative with emergency officials.
Police reported the 36-year-old also displayed signs of intoxication, including having slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and an alcoholic beverage odor was smelled on his breath. When he stood, he was reportedly “unstable” on his feet. Thus, he was taken into custody for public intoxication and transported to jail.
Upon arrival at the jail, however, the man became combative and aggressive toward other inmates in view. He was reportedly uncooperative and tried to stomp on Cpl. Rosamond’s foot and pulled away from physical contact. He was escorted into a V-cell and placed prone on the ground so officers could remove his handcuffs.
As he was getting up, he allegedly kicked Rosamond in the leg and “began to take on an aggressive posture,” Rosamond noted in arrest reports. The officers reportedly struck the man and again restrained him on the ground. After both got up, the 36-year-old allegedly again assumed an aggressive posture toward the officer. When Rosamond and Officer Silas Whaley, who had assisted on the call and arrest, both pointed Tasers toward the man and backed out, leaving him in the cell, according to the officers alleged in arrest reports.
As a result, 36-year-old Joseph Ambrose King was charged with public intoxication and assault on a peace officer, according to arrest reports. King remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning, Aug. 31. Bond on the assault charge was set at $30,000, according to jail reports.
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