Brian Doherty

A Tuttle man is facing felony charges after he allegedly punched a police officer during a DUI arrest on Sunday.

However, this is not the first time Brian Doherty has been accused of assaulting an officer. 

He was previously booked on charges of assault and battery on a police officer in May 2019.

Court documents say Doherty was pulled over on Feb. 9 after a Tuttle Police Officer saw him driving left of center and then nearly hitting a curb on the right side. 

The officer said in an affidavit that he could smell alcohol coming from the car and Doherty had slurred speech. 

Another officer arrived and Doherty was given a sobriety test, which he failed, according to the affidavit. 

When Doherty was told he was being arrested for a DUI, he refused to put his hands behind his back. Each officer grabbed one of Doherty’s arms to put them behind his back. Doherty then pulled away and punched an officer in the arm, leaving a bruise. Doherty was tased twice before he surrendered to the arrest, the affidavit said. 

Doherty faces charges of assault on a police officer, driving under the influence and resisting an officer. 

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