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Police: Man arrested for assaulting 5 officers, public intoxication, possessing marijuana

(MGN Online)

PULASKI, Va. (WSET) -- The Pulaski Police Department said a man has been arrested for assaulting an officer during an altercation near Washington Avenue.

Police said someone called 911 around 5:20 p.m. to report that a man was trying to get into a vehicle full of people near the train station.

They said the man ended up getting into the back of a pickup, but jumped out, then got in a passenger vehicle.

Officers got to the scene where they tried to ask the man to get out of the vehicle, but at that moment, they said he attacked the officer.

A retired Pulaski County Sheriff's deputy and a Pulaski County Animal Control officer witnessed the assault and went to help the officer until more officers could get to the scene, police said.

Police said they tried multiple ways to control the suspect as he continued to assault, batter, and resist officers.

He was finally subdued and placed in handcuffs.

Two police officers had minor injuries and one was sent to the Pulaski Lewis-Gale hospital for examination.

The suspect was also taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Police identified the suspect as Andrew P. Hatmaker, 30, of Pulaski and charged him with five counts of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, tampering with a vehicle, possession of marijuana, and public intoxication.

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