A Harlan man is facing multiple charges, including burglary, after allegedly forcing himself into a residence with two female juveniles present.
Arthur Neal, 47, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Justin Luttrell on Wednesday.
According to the citation, police received a complaint stating Neal was extremely intoxicated while riding in the Horizon Adult Health Care Services van. The person who made the complaint informed police Neal was harassing patients and kept trying to exit the moving vehicle. Neal had left the area when police arrived. Approximately an hour later, police received a call from a residence on Main Street advising Neal had allegedly forced his way into the residence. Two female juveniles were present in the residence. When police arrived, Neal came out onto the back porch. He was given orders to step off the porch and walk over to the police cruiser. Neal became irate and refused to follow directions from police. Officers advised him he was under arrest and he began to resist. Neal fought the officers, refusing to allow his hands to be placed in handcuffs. While officers attempted to put him in the police cruiser, Neal kicked Officer Tyler Hensley in the chest and face. A strong odor of alcoholic beverage was present, and police found a nearly empty bottle of Kentucky Gentlemen in Neal’s backpack.
Neal was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, third-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree terroristic threatening, menacing, second-degree burglary, alcohol intoxication in a public place and third-degree criminal mischief.
He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
In other police activity:
• Johnathan McMillion, 26, of Evarts, was arrested on Wednesday by Evarts City Police Officer Bryan Napier. He was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree wanton endangerment. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
• Paula Jenkins, 42, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland City Police Officer Cody Bargo on Thursday. She was charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), first-degree possession of a controlled substance and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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