Officer Trevor Spencer broke his hand attempting to protect himself in a battle with a probation lawbreaker who he stopped for speeding, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
And now the man, Matthew Calhoun, is facing an attack charge– and approximately 15 years in prison if he’s founded guilty.
The police officer, who works for the Ozark Police Department in Branson, recounted the December encounter at an initial hearing Tuesday.
Spencer informed the judge that he pulled Calhoun over in a convenience store parking lor for speeding and found out– from a license plate check– that Calhoun was wanted for breaking his probation in a drug possession case.
The two began to tussle when the officer attempted to make the arrest. Spencer punched Calhoun two or three times in the face, he informed the judge, and ended up with a broken hand. The cop had to break out the Taser to take the Calhoun into custody.
Calhoun’s lawyer, Stacie Bilyeu, called the charge “absurd and unreasonable” and asked: “Are we supposed to feel sorry for Officer Spencer due to the fact that he broke his hand on my customer’s face?”