Assault on an officer leads to arrest

BUCKHANNON —A Buckhannon man was booked at Tygart Valley Regional Jail Thursday on charges surrounding an assault on an officer last month.  Daniel Lee Phillips, 32, was charged with assault on a governmental representative, obstructing an officer, and possession of marijuana, according to the Upshur County Magistrate Court Criminal Complaint.

Cpl. Theron Caynor was dispatched to the Alexander Road where a deer had been struck by a car on March 3.  The documents said upon arrival, several drivers advised the officer that a man was sitting in the road yelling and had struck some vehicles. 

The officer reported he attempted to remove Phillips from the road, at which time he became agitated and came at the officer aggressively, causing him to think the defendant was going to strike him.  Cpl. Caynor advised the defendant to stay back and had to pull his taser, according to the documents.  He told Phillips he was under arrest, then the defendant walked toward a vehicle that had stopped in the road way and struck it on the hood.  The officer reported that Phillips resisted when he tried to hand cuff him and he had to physically struggle with him, taking him to the ground.  The complaint said the defendant continued to resist and try to pull away from the officer after he had been cuffed.

Phillips was searched after he was taken into custody.  Cpl. Caynor reported finding a plastic bag containing less than 15 grams of marijuana in the defendant’s front pocket.  Phillips was previously released on bond posted by Bill’s Bail Bonds, but has since been detained again and is currently being held at TVRJ.


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