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April 12, 2012

Police take knocks in two arrests

It's been a hard few days for Chickasha police when the tables turned and suspects struck out at officers trying to arrest them.

Now those suspects face felony charges in Grady County District Court.

Jesse D. Fulton, 20, is charged with two felony counts of assault and battery on a police officer, as well as misdemeanors of obstructing a police officer, possession of marijuana and carrying a weapon.

At his initial appearance, Fulton's bond was set at $50,000 and a preliminary hearing conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 2.

In a separate case, John D. McCoy faces one felony charge of assault and battery on a police officer and three misdemeanor offenses, escape from arrest, obstructing a police officer and public drunk. His bond was set at $20,000 and his preliminary hearing conference will also be at 1:30 p.m. May 2.

According to an affidavit, police were called to a residence in the 800 block of W. Oklahoma Ave., where Fulton was allegedly an unwelcome guest. The officer found Fulton in the living room and when they asked his name, he swore at them and turned his back. He also put a hand in his pocket and ignored the officer's instruction to turn around and show his hand. When the officer attempted to take him by the arm, Fulton tried to pull away.

Police took Fulton out of the house and he again began cursing when an officer tried to handcuff him. A patdown search yielded an icepick in one pocket, along with a bag containing marijuana. When police tried to put him in a patrol car, Fulton reportedly directed racial slurs to one of the officers. Once in the vehicle, he allegedly tried to kick out the back window, but succeeded nly in knocking the glass slightly off track.

When officers attempted to subdue him with hobble straps, Fulton reportedly kicked one officer in the groin. Then on the ride to the jail, he continually tried to head butt the officer riding in the backseat with him.

If convicted on all counts, Fulton faces more than 12 years in prison and/or fines totaling $2,750.

The case involving McCoy originated in the 1000 block of W. Minnesota Ave., where police went to investigate a suspicious person.

A resident had reported a man, later found to be McCoy, was in the backyard of a home that is empty. Police found the man in the alley and, questioning him, noticed that he had been drinking, according to the affidavit.

During a field sobriety test, police identified several indicators that McCoy was intoxicated. But when the officer attempted to arrest him for public drunk, McCoy reportedly yelled that he wouldn't be taken to jail and then pushed the officer and punched him in the face, the affidavit reported.

McCoy fled about a half block before the officer tackled him. When the officer told him to stop resisting or he would use his taser, he reportedly said no one would tase him and again fled. The officer attempted to use his taser, but missed contact. That, according to the affidavit, is when McCoy turned and hit the police in the arm and chest. A second attempt to taser McCoy failed and McCoy grabbed for the taser as the officer tried to holster it. The men fell to the ground, where McCoy was finally subdued.

Once under arrest and in the patrol car, McCoy reportedly apologized and told the officer he ran because he was high. He later admitted taking methamphetamine around five hours before the encounter. He had also been drinking beer.

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