Affidavit: Former SFA athlete punched deputy who was trying to stop fight

Affidavit: Former SFA athlete punched deputy who was trying to stop fight

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An arrest affidavit revealed new details about the events that led to a former Stephen F. Austin football player getting arrested for assaulting a public servant early Sunday morning.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office deputies were at a disturbance at 4534 FM 1878 and when they tried to break up a fight between two men, Justin Owens punched one of them in the face, the affidavit stated.

Justin Michael Owens. 22, of Nacogdoches, has since been released from the Nacogdoches County Jail on a third-degree assault of a public servant charge, a Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest charge, and a Class C public intoxication charge. No bail amounts were listed on the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office website.

According to the affidavit East Texas News obtained Tuesday, the NCSO deputies saw a disturbance in progress at 4534 FM 1878. When the deputies tried to break up a fight between two men, Owens, who wasn't involved in the fight, punched one of the deputies in the left side of his face, causing a cut and swelling to his left cheek and eye socket area.

When the deputies tried to take Owens into custody, he allegedly resisted them. Owens kept trying to pull his arms away from the deputies, the affidavit stated.

The affidavit stated that Owens kept fighting the deputies when they tried to put him in the back seat of a patrol unit.

According to the affidavit, the NCSO deputies noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from Owens. He also allegedly had extremely slurred speech and glassy, bloodshot eyes.

Owens was taken to the county jail and booked in without any further incident.

The officer involved sustained non-life threatening injuries, and was released from the hospital.

According to the SFA athletics website, Owens played football for the school during their 2014, and 2015 season.

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