Assault charged

Assault charged

The Messenger. 06.10.08 Assault and several other charges were filed against a Hickman, Ky., man following an alleged incident with a Kentucky State Police trooper during a traffic stop early Monday in Hickman. Lamont Smith, 25, was stopped by the KSP about 1:30 a.m. for allegedly failing to signal a turn while driving, according to a KSP press release. KSP Trooper Jason Clark reported he spoke with Smith at his vehicle and asked Smith for proof of insurance, which he was unable to provide. Smith exited his vehicle and was questioned further about having insurance on his vehicle. During the roadside interview, Smith allegedly began acting suspicious and attempted to reach back into his vehicle, the KSP reported. Clark reported he patted down Smith to check for weapons and felt a bulge in Smith’s left pocket. Smith allegedly attempted to flee the scene and began emptying his pockets of suspected contraband. During this time, Smith allegedly swung his elbow, striking the state trooper in the face. Clark quickly administered his pepper spray to Smith’s face, according to the KSP’s press release. A brief struggled allegedly ensued while Clark attempted to place Smith under arrest. A short time later, Clark was able to restrain Smith and place him under arrest. Smith was lodged in the Fulton County (Ky.) Jail, where he was charged with failure to signal, license to be in possession, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, second-offense driving under the influence, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence, third-degree assault on a police officer and third-degree criminal mischief.

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