Joe P. Asher
A Harlan man faces multiple charges, including assault on a police officer, after an alleged incident on Monday. Brandon Cloud, 21, was arrested by Harlan city police after an alleged altercation with police officers.
According to the citation, Cloud was engaged in a physical fight with his girlfriend on River Street when officers Mike Ashurst and Britt Ross arrived on the scene. Cloud would not comply with verbal commands, took an aggressive stance and advanced on and struck Ashurst, Ross and officer Hunter Luttrell.
The citation notes Cloud was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of an alcoholic beverage. Cloud attempted to dispose of an alcoholic beverage bottle by throwing it over the railroad tracks, police said.
When placed under arrest, Cloud allegedly kicked and attempted to bite officers, saying he was going to kill Ashurst. The citation states Cloud struck his girlfriend in the face, and would not comply with verbal commands to get inside the patrol vehicle. Cloud was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital, where he reached for Luttrell’s weapon and was tazed.
Cloud was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, menacing, third-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree assault on a police officer, disarming a peace officer, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) with minor injury, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree disorderly conduct.
In other police activity:
* Shawn Aslinger, 33, of Evarts, was arrested by the Evarts Police Department on Saturday on charges of second-degree burglary and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
* Timothy Hughes, 24, of Evarts, was arrested by the Evarts Police Department on Monday and charged with second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
* Casey Pennington, 30, of Evarts was arrested by the Evarts Police Department on Saturday and charged with second-degree trafficking a controlled substance;
* Linda Taylor, 47, of Evarts, was arrested on Monday by Kentucky State Police and charged with second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, possession of synthetic cannabinoid agonists or piperazines, second-degree fleeing or evading police, public intoxication on a controlled substance (excludes alcohol) and persistent felony offender.
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