03/17/2010

Fight with Calif. cop leads to attempted murder charge

The suspect tried to reach for the officer's gun after being cuffed

Oroville Mercury Register

ORLAND, Calif. — An Orland police officer is recovering from "non life-threatening " injuries, while a 29-year-old man is in Glenn County Jail in Willows on a charge of attempted murder of a peace officer, over an event that began late Saturday.

At about 11:20 p.m. Saturday, the as-yet unidentified officer allegedly stopped Justin Bentley of Orland, who was reportedly driving a 1992 Jeep Cherokee in the 800 block of Second Street. The officer was attempting to cuff Bentley after arresting him for suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, when the suspect began to fight, according to a press release issued by the Orland Police Department. The cop had placed one cuff on the suspect when the fight began.

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