Last updated: February 25. 2014 8:41PM - 4375 Views
By Joe P. Asher

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A Cumberland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly punching a police officer in the forehead.

Lonnie Tippet, 34, was arrested by Cumberland Police Officer John Brown on Monday.

According to the complaint, Brown arrived at 502 South Street in Cumberland on Saturday and was met at the door by Tippet. Tippet admitted to Brown that he had destroyed property and threatened the residents of 202 Central Street.

The complaint states Brown told Tippet he was under arrest, resulting in Tippet punching Brown in the forehead, causing the officer “a sufficient amount of pain.”

The complaint further states Tippet was then wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle. While Brown was inside the residence at 202 Central Street, Tippet crawled out of the cage window inside the police vehicle and escaped, fleeing the scene.

The complaint also alleges Tippet was “extremely under the influence” at the time.

Tippet was charged with third-degree assault on a police officer, second-degree escape, first-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, public intoxication by a controlled substance (excludes alcohol), theft by unlawful taking under $500, resisting arrest, third-degree terroristic threatening, menacing and persistent felony offender I.

Tippet was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.

In other police news, Bobby Johnson, 25, of Putney, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Andy Soltess on Monday on a charge of failure to comply with sex offender registration.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, or on Twitter @joe_hde

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