Local man charged with assaulting sheriff's deputy

From Staff Reports

July 6, 2008 - A Hopkins County man was charged with assaulting a public servant after he apparently elbowed a deputy during a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

Jeffery Eugene Dixon, 24, of Sulphur Springs remained in the Hopkins County jail Saturday in lieu of $42,000 bond on three separate charges following the incident that occurred about 12:52 a.m. that day.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Fenimore had stopped a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse for an expired registration sticker on FM 1870 near County Road 2310.

According to arrest reports, Dixon was uncertain of the status of his driver's license, and had been asked to step to the rear of the car and put his hands on the trunk while Fenimore questioned the passenger, a Blossom woman.

Sheriff's officers who viewed the videotape from Fenimore's patrol unit said they could see Dixon reaching into his pocket after being warned to keep his hands on the car where the deputy could see them. Dixon "continued to make furtive movements," Fenimore wrote in his report, and the deputy moved to handcuff Dixon's hands for his own safety.

But when Fenimore began to put the handcuffs on, Dixon "immediately began to fight," and tried to jump back in the car, sheriff's officers said. During the ensuing struggle, Fenimore was apparently struck in the side of the face with an elbow, leaving a noticeable bruise.

Dixon was finally taken to the ground and subdued with pepper spray. A search of his pockets turned up a plastic bag with more than one gram of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Dixon was arraigned at the county jail on charges of possession of 1 to 4 grams of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony; aggravated assault of a public servant, a first-degree felony; and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Bail was set at $30,000 on the assault charge, $10,000 on the possession charge and $2,000 on the misdemeanor.

The passenger, Brittany Nicole Thompson, 19, of Blossom was also taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.

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