Bentleyville man charged with assault on police officer |

Bentleyville man charged with assault on police officer

Mary Pickels

A Washington County man was charged with aggravated assault Saturday after he allegedly resisted arrest, attacked a police officer and tried to grab his weapon.

Southwest Regional Police Chief John Hartman said Officer Jason Wylie fell over a 15-foot embankment and was hospitalized for two days after the early-morning incident. He is expected to return to work this week, Hartman said.

Police responded to Beallsville Road in Bentleyville at 2:30 a.m. after receiving a report of an inebriated man wandering in the roadway.

As Wylie attempted to arrest Kenneth Leroy Brown, 47, of 901 Old West Road, Bentleyville, Brown allegedly resisted, and both men fell over the embankment. Wylie landed on a tree stump, injuring his chest, Harman said. Brown attacked Wylie and tried to grab his firearm. Wylie was able to subdue Brown at that point, Harman said.

Brown was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of simple assault, harassment, escape, resisting arrest, attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

He was placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail and faces a preliminary hearing before Brown on Nov. 16.

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