CEDAR CITY — A Cedar City man was arrested Friday after punching a police officer in the face as the officer was questioning him about his involvement in a two-vehicle collision.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a collision in the Smith’s Food & Drug parking lot, located at 633 S. Main St. in Cedar City, Cedar City Police Officer Justin Ludlow said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
Izack King, 20, was identified as the driver who had hit another vehicle in the parking lot. While Ludlow talked to the driver of the other vehicle, Cedar City Police Officer Dane Glazier talked to King.
“Officer Glazier was concerned because Izack was playing with something in his pocket,” Ludlow wrote in the statement. “When Officer Glazier asked what was in his pocket, Izack placed paraphernalia down his girlfriend’s back.”
Glazier proceeded to put King in a twist lock and pushed him against a patrol vehicle, according to the statement. King then swung his free arm around and punched Glazier in the face.
“The item that was placed on Izack’s girlfriend was a pipe suspected to be used for marijuana,” Ludlow wrote in the statement. ”Izack later confessed to using the pipe to smoke marijuana.”
King was arrested and charged with one class A misdemeanor for assaulting a police officer and two class B misdemeanors for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
King was booked into the Iron County Jail Friday. His bail is set at $3,310.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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