Suspect in custody after Catawba police chief assaulted during arrest attempt
The police chief was taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries. He is expected to be OK.
CATAWBA, N.C. (WBTV) - The town of Catawba’s police chief was assaulted during an arrest attempt Tuesday afternoon, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said it happened on South Main Street at a gas station around 5 p.m.
During the arrest attempt, deputies said a foot chase followed.
According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect, Richard David Miller Jr., 50, had an outstanding warrant for resisting an officer. The police chief was trying to arrest him for that Tuesday. Miller Jr. was found about a half an hour after the foot chase in a wooded area about two-tenths of a mile away. He is now charged with assault on a government official, which is a misdemeanor, and resisting a public officer, which is also a misdemeanor.
A Catawba County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said he’s unsure what the chief’s injuries are, but he believes it may be a few broken bones. He was taken to an area hospital and is expected to be OK.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the assault.
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