NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A 33-year-old Lufkin man accepted a plea bargain deal for 5 years probation Friday for assaulting a public servant.
As part of the deal, Matthew Ritchie Vines, who was involved in a disturbance with up to 20 people, pleaded guilty to kicking a Nacogdoches Police officer in the head when they were loading him into the back of a patrol vehicle in February 2011.
Vines appeared in Ed Klein's 420th Judicial District Court Friday for a plea hearing. He was originally charged with three felony charges - retaliation, harassment of a public servant, and assault of a public servant. At the time of his arrest, he was also charged with two misdemeanor charges - resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
According to a previous East Texas News story, Nacogdoches Police officers responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Pearl Street. When they arrived on the scene, Vines was seen yelling, screaming, and pushing another person.
The NPD officers attempted to arrest Vines for public intoxication, but when they placed him in the back of a patrol vehicle, Vines tried to kick the window out of the car, according to the police report. When the officers put vines in leg irons and again tried to put him in the car, he kicked one of the officers in the head.
The report stated that Vines spit on an officer when they were taking him to the Nacogdoches County Jail. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, said that the retaliation charge stemmed from the fact that Vines threatened one of the officers during the incident.