Dallas Man Faces Charges After Alleged Assault Of Police Officer

August 18, 2016 GMT

DALLAS — Police say a borough man unhappy about a recent DUI arrest assaulted and injured a Dallas police officer outside the borough police station on Thursday.

Dallas police Chief James Drury said Sean Mulloy, 44, of Dallas, showed up at the police station at about 12:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon and started wrapping a chain around an outside railing.

When Patrolman James Martin heard a disturbance and came outside the station to ask Mulloy what he was doing, Mulloy swore at Martin and struck him twice with a closed fist, according to a criminal complaint filed by Dallas police.

Drury said Mulloy “went berserk,” punched the officer in the head and dragged him into a “wrestling match.”

Mulloy resisted arrest and struggled as Martin attempted to place him under arrest, the complaint states. A Dallas Township police officer arrived at the scene and helped take Mulloy into custody.

Martin was transported to the emergency room for treatment of injuries, including an elbow issue. Drury did not know Martin’s condition as of Thursday afternoon and said he was headed to the hospital to check on the injured officer.

According to Drury, Mulloy came to the department angry that his car had been impounded following an arrest for suspicion of DUI by Martin earlier this week. Mulloy could not afford to retrieve the vehicle from the lot where it had been towed, Drury said.

“No one would give him money to get it out,” Drury said.

Mulloy was arraigned on two felony counts of aggravated assault, and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and resisting arrest late Thursday afternoon.

Magisterial District Judge James Tupper ordered Mulloy to be held at Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25 before Tupper.


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