NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A suspect is now facing a felony charge in addition to his original misdemeanor public intoxication charge after he allegedly punched a Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office jailer in the face during his intake procedure and tried to escape Wednesday.
The NCSO posted the video of the alleged assault on its Facebook page.
Robert Dotson, 40, of Springfield, Tennessee, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a third-degree felony assault of a public servant charge and Class C misdemeanor public intoxication charge. His bail amount has been set at $20,000.
"I do not like releasing videos out on criminal cases that are pending, however I feel compelled to show our citizens what our officers and jailers deal with on a weekly basis," Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in the NCSO Facebook post. "This suspect was brought into the Nacogdoches County Jail on a public intoxication charge."
Bridges said the video shows that Dotson, who had been arrested by the Nacogdoches Police Department on a public intoxication charge, showed no aggression toward the jail staff, and he was cooperating with the pre-booking at first.
"However his attitude quickly changed with no warning and he hit the jailer without any warning and then attempted to escape," Bridges said in the Facebook post.
The arrest affidavit stated that Dotson punched the jailer in the right eye area, "causing pain." At that point, Dotson tried to run out of the jail, the video shows. It also shows him acting aggressively toward the jailer before the jailer appears to pepper-spray him in the face.
"I am very proud of how our jail staff handled this," Bridges said in the Facebook post. "I don't know how many people could have kept their emotions in tack after being assaulted by someone. I wanted the public to know, that the men and women at the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office are proud to serve you and are doing that each and every day to the best of their ability."