ROGERSVILLE, TN (WJHL) – Investigators are blaming meth and moonshine on an assault involving officers at a popular downtown festival.
Rogersville police arrested Jonathan Bradley for attacking members of a band and police during Heritage Days in downtown Rogersville.
Rogersville Chief of Police, Doug Nelson, remembers the moment he and his officers arrested Bradley.
“He was pretty ferocious at the time,” Chief Nelson said.
He said everything was running smoothly at the 37th annual Heritage Days Festival until they heard yelling.
“We took off down that way and there was a young man down there obviously on some kind of drugs or something fighting with some of the band members,” Chief Nelson explained.
Matt Hurd, a member of the band, told News Channel 11 he had seen Bradley in the crowd for about an hour when he went inside his home.
That’s when he says Bradley fell through a screen door, ripping a band member’s shirt in the process.
Hurd says that’s when members of the band held him down until officers arrived.
Chief Nelson said Bradley’s blood work isn’t complete, but believes drugs and alcohol were in his system.
“They said he had been drinking moonshine. He had even stated something about him taking some meth, so that’s probably not a good combination – if that’s what he had,” he said.
According to a police report, Bradley began kicking and trying to bite officers during his arrest.
“We ended up just wrestling him to the ground, arresting him. He ended up having 2 or 3 big knives on him,” Nelson said.
Luckily, no one was injured.
Chief Nelson says this type of incident isn’t typical for Heritage Days.
“We don’t have that very often. About every few years we’ll have 1 or 2 little incidents like that but it’s usually really quiet and it was really quiet besides that,” he explained.
Bradley is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, three charges of assault on an officer, and vandalism.
His bond was set at $15,000.
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