SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - A Good Samaritan stepped in to help when a public intoxication suspect allegedly assaulted a female San Augustine Police officer when she tried to arrest him Tuesday afternoon.
The San Augustine Police officer wound up having to go to the hospital for treatment of a bump on the head, cuts to the face, and choke marks on her neck.
Jerry Bluford, 60, of San Augustine, is still being held in the San Augustine County Jail on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer, a Class B misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, and a Class A misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, search, or transport. No bail has been set at this time.
San Augustine Police Chief Jesse Fountain said Bluford was walking on foot near the intersection of Highway 96 and Highway 21 around 2:42 p.m. Tuesday. The SAPD officer made contact with him because he was a criminal trespass suspect and because she suspected him of being publicly intoxicated.
When the San Augustine Police officer started to put Bluford in custody, he allegedly assaulted her and resisted arrest. Fountain said a citizen helped the officer out by hitting Bluford in the head three times.
Bluford was arrested at the scene and transported to the San Augustine County Jail.