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County officer assaulted during complaint call

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By Natasha LaFayette

Sheriff’s department officers were caught off guard when a man grabbed the shirt of an officer in protest to being arrested during a response call to a LaFollette residence on Saturday.

The incident occurred when officers responded to a complaint about narcotics being sold out of house last Saturday around 5:30 p.m., according to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins,

Incoming complainants stated the defendant was allegedly delivering drugs along the street on a four-wheeler, said Detective Josh Goins,

The homeowner, Daniel W. Hunley, 35, was allegedly smoking a marijuana cigarette as Goins and Deputy Gary Cordell approached the residence, Perkins said.

Goins said Hunley’s house, at 1183 Lynch Hollow Road, had the door open and the smell of marijuana was quickly detected.

As the officers approached the house they observed Hunley inside, said Perkins. The officers then asked him to come to the door, Perkins continued.

As the officers were explaining to Hunley that they would have to place him in custody, he allegedly became irate, said Perkins.

Hunley, weighing about 400 pounds, grabbed Goins by the shirt and began yelling obscenities, according to the sheriff,

Goins said him and Cordell were eventually able to diffuse the situation and apprehend Hunley, placing him under arrest.

The officers later observed alleged drug paraphernalia inside the house including a spoon and syringes, said Perkins.

Hunley was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and assault on a police officer.

He is still being held at the county jail.